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Georg Pencz (German, 1500-1550): Original Engravings

German Drawings: Hans Sebald Beham / Virgil Solis / Hans von Aachen / Joseph Heinrich Roos

German 16th century printmakers: Heinrich Aldegrever, Jost Amman, Hans Sebald Beham, Hans Brosamer, Hans Burgkmair,
Lucas Cranach, Albrecht Durer, Albrecht Durer (After), Augstin Hirschvogel, Hans Holbein (After), Hopfer Family,
Monogrammist IS with the Shovel, Georg Pencz, Hans Schäufelein, Virgil Solis, Monogrammist W.S. (Wolfgang Stuber?).

Dürer: Large Passion / Dürer: Small Woodcut Passion / Dürer: Engraved Passion / Dürer: Other Passion
Dürer: Life of the Virgin / Dürer: Holy Family / Dürer: Saints and Martyrs / Dürer: Other Images
Ship of Fools 1 / Ship of Fools 2 / Ship of Fools 3 / Ship of Fools 4 / Copies After Durer

Images of Women in Renaissance Prints and Drawings
One of the "Little Masters," who made tiny, intricate, and influential prints, Georg Pencz's works always reflected the influence of Albrecht Dürer, whose Nuremberg workshop he entered in 1523. Pencz also kept up with current trends in Italy, varying his style throughout his career. After being banished from Nuremberg in 1525 along with the other "godless painters" Hans Sebald Beham and Barthel Beham for asserting disbelief in baptism, Christ, or transubstantiation, Pencz probably went to northern Italy. Within months, the three were pardoned, and Pencz became Nuremberg's city painter in 1532. He often painted large-scale ceiling decorations on canvas. About 1539 Pencz returned to Italy, visiting Rome for the first time. Back in Nuremberg in 1540, he earned his greatest success as a portraitist. Ten years later Albert, duke of Prussia, named him court painter, but Pencz died in Leipzig on the way to begin his new career. Kurt Locher listed Pencz as one of "the major talents of the younger generation [along with] Barthel and Sebald Beham." In addition to his paintings, Pencz executed many engravings, most quite small in size, and designed woodcuts and stained glass. (Based in part upon the Getty Museum biography)

Select Bibliography: Robert A. Koch, The Illustrated Bartsch Vol. 16: Binck, Pencz, Aldegrever (NY: Abaris Books, n.d.); David Landau, Catalogo Completo dell'Opera Grafica di Georg Pencz (Milano: Salamon e Agustoni, 1978); Ellen Schultz, ed. Gothic and Renaissance Art in Nuremberg 13000-1550 (NY: Metroplitan Museum of Art, 1986); H. Zschelletzschky, Die "Drei gottlosen Maler" von Nürnberg. Sebald Beham, Barthel Beham und Georg Pencz. Historische Grundlagen und ikonographische Probleme ihrer Graphik zu Reformations- und Bauernkriegszeit (Leipzig, 1975).
Georg Pencz (German, 1500-1550), Lot and his daughters (Bartsch 20, only state). Original engraving, c. 1531, from Stories from the Old Testament. A rich impression on laid paper cut on or within the platemark. Signed in the plate with the monogram. Image size: 47x76mm. Price: $2250.
Georg Pencz (German, 1500-1550), David watching Bathsheba in her bath (Bartsch 21, fist state). Original engraving, c. 1531, from Stories from the Old Testament. Very good impression on laid paper with thread margins; small paper loss top right margin. Signed in the plate with the monogram. Image size: 47x76mm. Price: SOLD.
Georg Pencz (German, 1500-1550), The Judgment of Solomon (Bartsch 23, first state). Original engraving, c. 1532, from Stories from the Old Testament. A good impression on laid paper cut on or within the platemark. Signed in the plate with the monogram. Image size: 46x74mm. Price: $2250.
Georg Pencz (German, 1500-1550), Judith dining with Holofernes (Bartsch 24, only state). Original engraving, c. 1535, from Stories from the Old Testament. A good but light impression comparable to the illustration in The Illustrted Bartsch with thread margins on all sides. Signed with the monogram upper right between the guard and the right edge of the tent. Image size: 43x78mm. Price: $1750.
Georg Pencz (German, 1500-1550), Judith and her servant with the head of Holofernes (Bartsch 25, only state). Original engraving, c. 1535, from Stories from the Old Testament. A very good impression with thread margins on the bottom and the sides and cut on or within the plate mark on the top. Signed on Holofernes' sword with Pencz's monogram. Image size: 43x78mm. Price: $2250.
Georg Pencz (German, 1500-1550), Judith and her servant with the head of Holofernes (Bartsch 25, only state). Original engraving, c. 1535. A good but light impression with thread margins on the bottom and the sides and cut on or within the plate mark on the top. Signed on Holofernes' sword with Pencz's monogram. Image size: 43x78mm. Price: $1500.
Georg Pencz (German, 1500-1550), Susanna and the Elders (Bartsch 27, first state). Original engraving, c. 1532, from Stories from the Old Testament. A good impression on laid paper cut on or within the platemark. Titled in the plate. Image size: 46x74mm. Price: SOLD.
Georg Pencz (German, 1500-1550), Susanna and the Elders (Bartsch 27). Original engraving, c. 1532, from Stories from the Old Testament. A good impression on laid paper cut on or within the platemark; ink stain top right. Titled in the plate. Image size: 46x74mm. Price: $1500.
Georg Pencz (German, 1500-1550), Christ and the Woman taken in adultery (Bartsch 55, Hollstein 33). Original engraving, c. 1546. A very good impression trimmed on or within the platemark. Signed in the plate lower right side. From the collections of the Furst zu Furstenberg (Lugt 2811, which Lugt notes is the "ancienne" mark of the princes of Fürstenberg, and is frequently found on Rembrandt etchings.) and Bechberger (L. 2133). Jesus writes on the ground while the crowd prepares to stone the woman (often identified with Mary Magdalene); in a moment, when no one can acknowledge himself without sin, they will disperse and Jesus will direct the woman to "Go and sin no more." Image size: 61x83mm. Price: $2750.
Georg Pencz (German, 1500-1550), Christ on the Cross (Bartsch 57). Original engraving, 1547. A very good impression on laid paper with small margins around the platemark. Signed in the plate with the monogram and dated. Pencz is one of the most important "little masters," the generation of German printmakers who were strongly influenced by Albrecht Durer and who tended to work in very small sizes. Image size: 115x80mm. Price: SOLD.
Georg Pencz (German, 1500-1550), The Conversion of St. Paul (Bartsch 68, Hollstein 47). Original engraving, c. 1543. Signed in the plate. Trimmed on or within platemark. Pencz is one of the most important "little masters," the generation of German printmakers who were strongly influenced by Albrecht Durer and who tended to work in very small sizes. Saul on his way to Damascus is blinded by the light of Christ. Image size: 74x111mm. Price: $1950.
Georg Pencz (German, 1500-1550), Pigricia / Sloth. (Bartsch 100). Original engraving. A very nice impression on laid paper cut on or within the platemark, except at bottom where the text is trimmed: "Pigricia Invisa Sum Omnibus" / Invisible Sloth is Everywhere." Signed in the plate with the monogram. Pencz is one of the most important "little masters," the generation of German printmakers who were strongly influenced by Albrecht Durer and who tended to work in very small sizes. Image size: 79x54mm. Price: SOLD.
Georg Pencz (German, 1500-1550), Tomyris with the Head of Cyrus (Bartsch 70). Original engraving, c. 1539. A very nice impression on laid paper cut on or within the platemark. Illustrated in Eva/Ave: Images of Women in Renaissance Prints (National Gallery of Art, 1990), plate 29. Image size: 118x72mm. Price: $2750.
Georg Pencz (German, 1500-1550), Artemesia Preparing to Drink Her Husband's Ashes (Bartsch 83). Original engraving. A very rich impression on laid paper cut on or within the platemark. Titled in the plate top left amd signed with the monogram on the shield bottom right. There is a full-page reproduction of this engraving in The Renaissance Engravers (ed. Charmian Mezentseva, Curator of the Northern European Prints at the Hermitage Museum in Petersburg, Russia), all of whose examples are drawn from the print collection of the Hermitage Museum. Image size: 194x134mm. Price: SOLD.
Georg Pencz (German, 1500-1550), Sophonisba drinking poison (B. 82, Holl. 134). Original engraving. Pencz came to in Nuremberg in 1523 and entered Dürer's workshop. In 1525, he and the Beham brothers were arrested for espousing the radical views of Thomas Müntzer. They were soon pardoned and allowed to work again. Pencz  was influenced by Marcantonio's style as a printmaker and by Giulio Romano. "Sophonisba" is one of his masterpieces. Titledd lower left on base of seat; signed with the monogram on the bloock where Sophoniba's foot rests. Slightly trimmed at bottom. A brilliant, dark impression! Image size: 182x122mm. Price: SOLD.

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