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Saint Ethbinus as a Hermit, from the Oraculum Anachoreticum series, 1600

  • burin engraving, paper
  • 166 x 205 mm
  • Inv. 2014-LY-6

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Saint Ethbinus, an early Christian hermit, was an Englishman who retreated to Ireland after the destruction of his monastery. He is depicted here welcoming Christ, who comes to him in disguise, hospitably into his wooden dwelling.


Raphael I Sadeler RKD
Antwerp ca. 1560 - 1561 - ca. 1632
engravers (printmakers)AAT

Maerten de Vos RKD Wikidata
Antwerp 1532 - Antwerp 1603

Hans Sadeler RKD
Brussels 1550 - Venice 1600

Title Saint Ethbinus as a Hermit, from the Oraculum Anachoreticum series
Date 1600
Period 16th century
Location Venice TGN
Medium and support burin engraving AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings printed inscription in the representation, bottom left: Martin. de Vos figur.
printed inscription in the depiction, at the bottom right: Cum privil. Sumi Pont. et Caes. Ma. Raph. Sadeler fec
printed inscription outside the depiction, bottom left: Anglus erat patria Ethbinus; sed pulsus, Hybernes/ Mansit finitimis incola pauper agris.
printed inscription outside the depiction, centre below: 15
printed inscription outside the depiction, centre below: Incola pauper erat, sed cum sub imagine leprae/ Exciperet Christum, nobilis hospes erat.
Collection print room
Object type burin engraving AAT
Inventory number 2014-LY-6
Acquisition credit unknown
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055874 religious symbolism AAT
25H landscapes Iconclass
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11D Christ Iconclass
11D3 Christ as adult Iconclass
11H saints Iconclass
11H(ETHBINUS) male saints (ETHBINUS) Iconclass
11Q3 ascetic life and practice Iconclass
11Q31 mortification of the senses ~ ascetic life Iconclass
11Q331 anchorite, hermit Iconclass
11Q624 pilgrim's dress and attributes, e.g. flask, hat, mantle, staff Iconclass
11Q651 crucifix ~ personal devotion Iconclass
11Q71423 altarcross, crucifix Iconclass
25G3 trees Iconclass
25H15 forest, wood Iconclass
31A25331 pointing to the forehead with the index finger Iconclass
41A18 hut, cabin, lodge Iconclass
41D28 disguise Iconclass
48(+431) art (+ copy, copying ~ work of art) Iconclass
School / Style Renaissance AAT
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