Johann Elias Ridinger, The Ibex

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Le capricorne n’ont qu’un quelque sois deux de petits, leur grandeur est accomplie à la age de 4. ou 5. ans, et deviennent fort vieux. The Ibex they have only 1. occasionally 2. young ones, reach their complete size only in the 4th or 5th Year and grow very old. Two bucks & 1 goat on the highest rocky ledge. Etching and engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest. / I. El. Ridinger inv. delin. sculps. et excud. Aug. Vindel., otherwise as above in German, French, Latin, & below. 13⅝ × 16¾ in (34.7 × 42.4 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 234. – Sheet 39 of the Study of the Wild Animals with the caption of the Hamburg pope of poets, jurist & senator, yet foremost friend of Ridinger’s, Barthold Heinrich Brockes (1680-1747), in German. – Watermark Great Fleur-de-lis. – Margins laterally 3.7-4.1, above & below 2.2-3.3 cm wide. – On the left in the rocks unobtrusive small wormhole, in the right margin of the subject faint pressure trace. Above tear still extending to the wide platemark and another smaller one in the wide white margin below, both backed acid-freely. – On the back scribbles by a collector’s grandson.

State  before  the  numbering  as  unknown  to  literature

of  marvelous  quality  &  therefore  rarity .

Both the two ibexes including the upper part of the rocky ledge Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (1727-1804) copied virtually perfectly i. a. in the signed washed chalk/pen and ink drawing Mountain Goats and a Young Traveller resting (Christie’s 2820 [2014, New York], 23, with present etching as comparative ill.), with the second buck, seen from behind, now walking down a path below the ledge, and embedded the whole into a genre scene with further goats and traveler. The latter in turn a resort to his father’s painting The Death of Hyaczinth now in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection.

Having become acquainted with Ridinger and his work while working with his father, the phenomenal Giambattista (1696-1770), on the frescoes for the emperor’s hall and staircase of the Residenz at Würzburg, Ridinger animals first appear there and reappear in Domenico’s frescoes from the late 1750s through to the 1790s at the family’s country seat at Zianigo.

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