Drawings Imitating Prints: Pierre van Schuppen
In nearly every print room worldwide are preserved mostly anonymous drawings that look like prints. This study will focus on a group of ten such drawings preserved in an album in the Albertina, Vienna, from the collection of Prince Eugene of Savoy, by the Flemish-French artist Pierre Louis van Schuppen (Antwerp 1627 – 1702 Paris). The variety of prints copied from different schools and periods suggests that Van Schuppen was making a practical study of the history of printmaking. The choice of prints copied is revealing and arguably the Sadeler dynasty and Paulus Pontius had as much influence on Van Schuppen's approach to portrait prints as Robert Nanteuil who one would expect to be most influential.