Preissler, Johann Daniel (1666-1737): Philosopher, Draped Man Figure Study

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Date of Printing: 1750 • Medium: Copperplate Engraving (hand colored) • Subject Category: Mythological • Signed: Plate signed, Lower Right • Period Created: Enlightenment (1700 - 1799) • Plate Size HxWxD cm: 33 x 19.5 • Leaf Paper Size HxW cm: 37.5 x 21.5 • Style: FOLIO Original Vintage • Print on Verso: Blank on verso • Condition: Good, with slight foxing, some spotting • Edition Type: 1st Edition - Limited • Paper Type: Laid Paper • Framed: Print only

1750 Beautiful study of philosopher by the German artist Johann Daniel Preissler - Very Rare

Johann Daniel Preissler was a painter and engraver born in 1666 in Nuremberg, the city to which his family moved from Bohemia after the thirty years war. He studied in Italy for 8 years and in 1704 became the director if the Nürnberger Malerakademie, the first Academy of its kind in Germany. Most notable for his portraits, nudes and history paintings, he also produced drawings and frescoes. He was also known beyond Nuremberg for his "Die durch Theorie erfundene Practic" (full title: "Die durch Theorie erfundene Practic oder Gründlich verfasste Reguln deren man sich als einer Anleitung zu berühmter Künstlere Zeichen-Wercke bestens bedienen kann"), a sequence of works on art-theory – the individual works were translated into several other languages and served as textbooks for students such as the Swiss Salomon Gessner right up until the 19th century. By the time of his death in 1737, Johann Caspar Füssli spoke of Preissler and Jan Kupecky as the two most famous Nuremberg artists of the early 18th century.

Condition: Please view images carefully. Some slight foxing and soiling at edges.