The Annunciation of John's Birth to Zacharias; at centre, the angel Gabriel faces Zacharias as he offers incense, in a censer, at the altar; a large crowd of men and women watch the scene through the open arches of the temple
Ioan.Stradan.invent.: (originally drawn by) Jan Van der Straet / akak Stradanus.
Cornelius Galle Sculpt.: (image engraved by) Cornelis Galle
Phts Galle excud.: (printed published by) Philip Galle
Hand-coloured, bright crisp colours.
Glued to thicker paper. Paper yellowed.
27 x 22 cm.
Title (series): Life of John the Baptist
Description Plate 1, The Annunciation of John's Birth to Zacharias; at centre, the angel Gabriel faces Zacharias as he offers incense, in a censer, at the altar; a large crowd of men and women watch the scene through the open arches of the temple
Curator's commentsThis is one from a series of ten showing scenes from the life of St John the Baptist (Hollstein 35-44) after Stradanus; for a complete set in BM collection see 1937,0915.299-308.
Cornelis Galle the Elder (1576 – 29 March 1650), a younger son of Philip Galle, was born at Antwerp in 1576, and was taught engraving by his father. He followed the example of his brother Theodoor in visiting Rome, where he resided for several years and acquired a correctness of design and a freedom of execution in which he greatly surpassed both his father and his brother. After engraving several plates at Rome, he returned to Antwerp, where he carried on the business of a printseller and engraved many plates after the works of his countrymen and his own designs. He became a master of the Antwerp Guild of St Luke in 1610. One of his pupils was Giovanni Florimi of Siena.
Philip (or Philips) Galle (1537 – March 1612) was a Dutch publisher, best known for publishing old master prints, which he also produced as designer and engraver. He is especially known for his reproductive engravings of paintings.
Galle's son Cornelis followed him as an engraver. Early works by Cornelis shows a striking similarity to the work of his father.
Giovanni Stradano or Jan Van der Straet or van der Straat or Stradanus or Stratensis (1523 – 11 February 1605) was a Flanders-born mannerist artist active mainly in 16th century Florence.