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Bartholomäus Kilian

(1630–1696, Augsburg)

Ecce Homo. Engraving. 19.8 x 27.3 cm. Hollstein 7.

After finishing his apprenticeship Bartholomäus Kilian, a draughtsman and engraver from Augsburg, worked for three years with Matthäus Merian in Frankfurt and then with François de Poilly in Paris, where he was introduced to the portrait engraving technique employed in France. Back in Augsburg, Kilian became one of the most skilful and prolific portrait engravers of his time. The present engraving, which provides eloquent testimony to his technical virtuosity, appears to be an acknowledgement of Claude Mellan’s art. Kilian uses only parallel burin lines to model the body and eschews any cross hatching or contour lines. The outcome is a graphic depiction of great visual impact. A very fine, even impression with wide margins. In excellent condition. Rare.

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