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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

P is for Pieter van der Heyden, Engraver Extraordinaire


Merrymakers in an Oyster Shell
Pieter van der Heyden was a Flemish engraver, which is a form of line art etched into a sheet of metal, and then printed. He lived from 1530 to 1575. Bosch was a big influence on him, and a few works attributed to Bosch (who died in 1516) were actually engraved by van der Heyden. Talk about false attributions! I guess it was rampant in the 1500’s. Van der Heyden liked to create images based on proverbs, such as the one about big fish eating little fish, or his images of the seven vices (Anger, depicted here).

Anger, 1557
Van der Heyden is not to be confused with the Bruegel’s who were both painters.
Peter Bruegel the elder lived from 1525-1569
 Peter Bruegel the younger lived from 1564-1638
The Big Fish Eat the Little Fish, 1557

I will stop writing now, and let Van der Heyden's engravings speak for themselves!
Here's the A to Z link. Before you hop over to another blog, what do you think of these engravings? Engravings that teach some kind of proverb or lesson?



14 comments:

  1. great engravings - albeit a little odd. But just shows what an incredible imagination he had. you really got to study them to see all that is going on.

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  2. I agree, Eliabeth. I can also see how influenced he was by Bosch.

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  3. Interesting, there's always something new to discover each time you look at these pictures

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  4. Very strange. Really makes you wonder what the inspiration behind each piece was.

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  5. i never knew the that particular art style started so far back--love it

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  6. Yes, Lynn, I'm always amazed at how developed much of the world of antiquity is.

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  7. Those engraving are certainly interesting, but odd. I don't think I actually like them.

    Carol's Notebook

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  8. This is interesting. I'd never heard of any of the artists you mentioned before today.

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  9. Those merrymakers sort of crack me up. Is that bad? :D These artists are new to me -- thanks for sharing! Always love to learn new things that might inspire a story or two. And thanks for stopping by my blog today! :)

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  10. Yes, Mr. Pieter was wonderful but, Catherine, not as wonderful as your beautiful blog - it literally stopped me in my tracks. Wait, it sounds like I'm full of puff here, but it's true. Your header and the illustrations you've posted are gorgeous.

    And how can I not follow somebody named Catherine?

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  11. A very worthwhile artist to profile, Catherine. Thanks for this.

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  12. Great blog and thank you for introducing us to this engraver! His work is fascinating. Especially big fish eats little fish. An insight into his mind.

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  13. KellyLou, I totally agree. There is something very funny about his work. Thanks, Cathy, I humbly appreciate your flattery, and thanks for the follow! Yes, Catherine's not a bad name.

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