The Triumph of Mordecai

Lucas van Leyden


The sixteenth-century artist and biographer, Karel van Mander, wrote that Lucas van Leyden came into the world with a burin in his hand. Indeed today he is considered the most significant sixteenth-century printmaker in the Netherlands. In this early print we see his use of short, linear strokes combined with cross-hatching and quick flicks to build the composition, giving the image a sense of delicacy not achieved before in engravings.