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Daniel Heinsius

Accession Number
1960/2.45

Title
Daniel Heinsius

Artist(s)
Jan Lievens

Object Creation Date
circa 1639

Medium & Support
engraving and etching on paper

Dimensions
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 Line
Museum Purchase

Label 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 Classification
Print

Collection Area
Western

Rights
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Keywords
half-length

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