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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Johann Sadeler I, Netherlandish (1550 - 1600-8)
Previously attributed to Jan Harmensz. Muller, Dutch (Amsterdam 1571 - 1628 Amsterdam)
After Maarten van Heemskerck, Netherlandish (1498 - 1574)
Published by Gerard de Jode, Flemish (1509 - 1591)
Ruben and Simeon
Other Titles
Series/Book Title: The Twelve Patriarchs
Series/Book Title: Thesaurus Sacrarum, 1585 edition
Alternate Title: Ruben Bearing a Jug, with Ox and Goat; Simeon, with a Slayn Family
Work Type
c. 1575
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Engraving printed in black ink with added transparent and opaque watercolor and metallic gold on white antique laid paper, darkened to cream
sheet: 27 x 36.4 cm (10 5/8 x 14 5/16 in.)
plate: 22 x 30 cm (8 11/16 x 11 13/16 in.)
left (Ruben): 22 x 14 cm (8 11/16 x 5 1/2 in.)
right (Simeon): 22 x 14 cm (8 11/16 x 5 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: upper right margin, graphite: 36
  • inscription: in plate, lower margin under left figure, to left and right: Primus Iacobi natorum nomine Ruben: / Sed quia fe daui stratum geniforis ab illis, // Doni excellens imperioq prior / Exclusus, perÿ seu leuis unda breui
  • inscription: in plate, lower margin under right figure, to left and right: Ense meo cecidere uiri dum uindico stuprū. / Hinc pater irafus Sÿmeoni dira precafus. // Germanæ, fracto sedere quod pepigi / Nostraq posteritas heu maledicta fuif.
  • inscription: in plate, lower edge of design area under left figure: Crispin IVentor G.d. Iode Excudebat .1.
  • inscription: in plate, at lower edge of design area below right figure, ro left and right: Jhsaeijler .f. / .2.
  • inscription: lower sheet margin, brown ink, to left and right: Ruben auecq les cing Sicyuans sont filz de Jacob e de Lia, / Simeon.
  • inscription: top sheet margin, brown ink, but darker than that used for the lower sheet margins in this volume: Voy la benediction de Jacob (autrem Israel, mourans, sur Chascun de ses enfans, leur prodizant leurs auentures. Genese. Chap. 49 / ensemble les benedictions de Moyse sur leurs ligneés. Deuteron. chap. 33.
[Paul Prouté, Paris, France, sold]; to Robert Bradford Wheaton and Barbara Ketcham Wheaton, Concord, MA, later Barbara Ketcham Wheaton, gift; to Harvard University Art Museums, 2011.
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
New Hollstein (de Jode) 44; Hollstein 66
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Barbara Ketcham Wheaton in memory of Robert Bradford Wheaton
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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