Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent (reg. 1520-66) Engraved by Dominicus Custos (d. 1615) after Giovanni Battista Fontana (d. 1587), Innsbruck, 1601 (2)

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Lot 41
Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent (reg. 1520-66)
Engraved by Dominicus Custos (d. 1615) after Giovanni Battista Fontana (d. 1587), Innsbruck, 1601
(2)

Sold for £ 1,912 (US$ 2,671) inc. premium
Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent (reg. 1520-66)
Engraved by Dominicus Custos (d. 1615) after Giovanni Battista Fontana (d. 1587), Innsbruck, 1601
engraving, handwritten inscription at bottom Solymanus Turcarum Imperator, verso 69 lines of printed text in Latin, giving a brief history of his reign, visible sheet 435 x 295 mm.; and SOKOLLU MEHMED PASHA, ENGRAVED BY DOMINICUS CUSTOS (D. 1615) AFTER GIOVANNI BATISTA FONTANA (D. 1587), INNSBRUCK, 1601, engraving, handwritten inscription at bottom Mehemetes Sokologli Pasha, the reverse with 56 lines of printed text in Latin
visible sheet size 435 x 295 mm.(2)

Footnotes

  • Both illustrations are from Augustissimorum imperatorum, serenissimorum Regum, atque Archiducum...verissimae imagines, by Jacob Schrenck von Notzing (Innsbruck, 1601). The work includes a hundred and twenty-five engraved portraits in total. It derives from a collection of more than a thousand portraits of European noblemen and women, created by Archduke Ferdinand II of Tirol (1529-1595), who was an avid collector of weaponry and armour, which had originally belonged to various potentates. Von Notzing, his personal secretary, was detailed to write a catalogue of the collection of armour and weapons at Schloss Ambras near Innsbruck, which was finally printed in 1601.

    The examples of armour, from the 15th and 16th Centuries, include those which had belonged to such persons as the Emperor Maximilian I or Prince Maurice of Orange. The objects themselves were displayed in Ambras castle in a strict hierarchic order.

    In 1582 the Augsburg engraver and publisher Dominicus Custos (1550/59-1615) started to engrave all 126 portraits after the drawings of Giovanni Battista Fontana (1541-87). The book is designed so that a full-length engraving of the armour's former owner faces a page containing the biography of the figure shown. Each figure is portrayed in a niche flanked by ornamental columns.
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Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent (reg. 1520-66) Engraved by Dominicus Custos (d. 1615) after Giovanni Battista Fontana (d. 1587), Innsbruck, 1601 (2)
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