32.8 cm x 24.4 cm (12 15/16 in. x 9 5/8 in.)
Janus Lutma, the younger
(Amsterdam, 1624 - 1685, Amsterdam)
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002
Lutma’s self-portrait is presented as a “living classical bust” – a seeming sculpture, complete with Trajanic inscriptions, made flesh-and-blood. This conceit descended from Rubens and expresses humanistic ambition. It was developed through punch work – stippling of a plate with sharp point – that imparts appropriately sensory qualities, a modulated tone and a variable luster. Son of a famous silversmith and trained first in his art, Lutma experimented with this approach just as mezzotint was becoming the common path to such pictorial effects.