Cornelii Schvt Antverpiensis pictvrae lvdentis genivs, svis natvram seqvens lineis, exprimens elementis, adornans mysteriis: in gvstvm artis, et vsvm, eorvm omnivm qvi elegantias amant, tractant, aestimani
Antwerp, [the artist?], c. 1632-1654
An album of prints of Cornelis Schut, apparently assembled and marketed by the printmaker himself. It contains ninety-eight plates that he had first sold individually, or in small sets, and has now imposed on forty-five sheets of paper of a uniform large size, with the smaller plates printed in groups of two, three, or four on a single sheet. Several comparable albums are known, with varying contents but similarities in the arrangement of the prints. They are evidence of burgeoning interest among collectors in acquiring the output of single artists, a taste that developed in the 1630s and quickly spread, soon guiding the commercial strategy of numerous printmakers, including Rembrandt.