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Saint John of Egypt as a Hermit, from the Trophaeum vitae solitariae series, 1598

  • burin engraving, paper
  • 168 x 195 mm
  • Inv. 2014-LV-4

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Saint John of Egypt, an early Christian hermit, lies naked in a cave. He is discovered by a dog. Two dogs sit next to the cave. A mountainous landscape with two hunters can be seen in the background.


Raphael Sadeler
engravers (printmakers)AAT

Maerten de Vos RKD Wikidata
Antwerp 1532 - Antwerp 1603

Hans Sadeler RKD
Brussels 1550 - Venice 1600

Title Saint John of Egypt as a Hermit, from the Trophaeum vitae solitariae series
Date 1598
Period 16th century
Location Venice TGN
Medium and support burin engraving AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings printed inscription in the depiction, bottom centre: Merten Vos figu
printed inscription outside the depiction, bottom left: Doemone quam solvit casti ante puèellam/ hanc violans mactat mox Ioannes amor
printed inscription outside the depiction, centre below: 15
printed inscription bottom right, outside the depiction: In specubus tandem solvens pro crimine poenas/ est venatori serpere visus humo.
Collection print room
Object type burin engraving AAT
Inventory number 2014-LV-4
Acquisition credit unknown
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055874 religious symbolism AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
300263554 animal paintings AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11H saints Iconclass
11H(JOHN OF EGYPT) male saints (JOHN OF EGYPT) Iconclass
11Q3 ascetic life and practice Iconclass
11Q31 mortification of the senses ~ ascetic life Iconclass
11Q331 anchorite, hermit Iconclass
25H11 mountains Iconclass
25H112 rocks Iconclass
25H119 cave, grotto Iconclass
31A the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa) Iconclass
31A2321 leaning forward Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
34B11 dog Iconclass
43C11 hunting, chase Iconclass
43C114 hunter Iconclass
43C1147 hunting dogs Iconclass
48(+431) art (+ copy, copying ~ work of art) Iconclass
School / Style Renaissance AAT
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