Daniel HeinsiusArtist(s)Jan LievensObject Creation Datecirca 1639Medium & Supportengraving and etching on paperDimensions
10 ⅝ in x 8 1/16 in (26.99 cm x 20.48 cm);22 1/16 in x 18 ⅛ in (56.04 cm x 46.04 cm)Credit LineMuseum PurchaseLabel copy
One of the most important and prolific portrait draftsmen of seventeenth-century Holland, Lievens is well known for work in black chalk and etching. In this print portraying the Leiden professor Daniel Heinsius (1580-1655) the artist paid close attention to contrasts of texture, as in the fur trim of the sitter's mantle and the velvet of his sleeves. In these areas the artist employed engraving. In engraving, the design is incised on a metal plate using a sharp instrument called a graver, or burin. As the burin cuts furrows in to the metal, it throws up small shavings, known as burr. This is removed with a burnisher before the plate is inked and the design printed.Primary Object ClassificationPrintCollection AreaWesternRights
If you are interested in using an image for a publication, please visit http://umma.umich.edu/request-image
for more information and to fill out the online Image Rights and Reproductions Request Form.