Fig. 2 Antonius Wierix: Jesus walking in the heart with a lamp whose light exposes all sins and vices, copper engraving from “Cor Iesv amanti sacrvm, 1585-86. Photo: Statens Museum for Kunst, København, Kobberstiksamlingen.
Hieronymus Wierix - Madonna with Child on Crescent Moon (~1600)
This mystical portrayal of the Mother of God on the crescent moon, whose iconography originates from the Book of Revelation and has possessed a Mariological significance since the Middle Ages, is a masterpiece of refined printmaking. Like his elder brother Johannes, Hieronymus Wierix worked mainly as a reproductive engraver, although he also produced a number of engravings after his own inventions. His technically sophisticated and meticulous engraving technique is in the tradition of such great predecessors as Albrecht Dürer and Lucas van Leyden and Wierix is doubtless the equal of these masters in terms of virtuoso craftsmanship.
Fig. 7 The engraving of Wierix, Jesus teaching the heart (fig. 4), copied in a Lutheran glasspainting 1663 in a window from Norddal church, Sunnmøre, Norway. Now in Bergen Museum. Photo: Bergen Museum.