PORTRAIT OF HEINRICH JULIUS, DUKE OF BRUNSWICK-LUNEBURG
Engraving, with printed monogram DC. A fine impression with small margins; minor faults, generally in very good condition. To the platemark 184 x 147 mm. PROVENENCE: Gustave Francotte (Lugt 3196).
Founder of a dynasty of engravers in Augsburg, Dominicus was son of Pieter Baltens de Costere in Antwerp, emigrated as Protestant (c. 1579) and in Augsburg by 1584, working for the Fugger family. Dominicus married the widow of Bartolomeus Kilian the Elder. He worked in the service of Emperor Rudolph II in Prague and also for Archduke Ferdinand of Tyrol at his Innsbruck court (1582-1593) while remaining based in Augsburg.