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Engraving by Jan Sadeler of King David and Choristers

Recently acquired, an engraving by Jan Sadeler (1550-1600) from 1590, based on the painting of Joos van Winghe (1544-1603) depicting King David playing the harp. A group of choristers is gathered around an open choir book which contains the 5-part setting of Psalm 116 by Andreas Pevernage (1542 or 3-1591).

Engravings such as these are referred to as picture-motets or Bildmotteten and are some of the earliest examples of music engraving. This engraving will be housed in the Department of Special Collections in Green Library which holds other engravings by Sadeler as well as other picture-motets.