Johanna Sibylla Küsel (c. 1650-1717)
circa 1650 - January 15 1717
BiographyJohanna Sibylla Küsel comes from one of the most important family of engravers and goldsmiths in Augsburg in the earlier Baroque period. First daughter of the printmaker Melchior Küsel I, she is known to have been a productive engraver. We know about 353 engravings by her, including intricate copies from, and illustrations for, the New Testament (1672) after Jacques Callot.
She married the engraver Johann Ulrich Krauss in 1685 (and subsequently signed her work "Johanna Sibilla Kraussin"). She illustrated many books, some of which were published by her husband. Among her illustrated books, an edition of Sebastien Leclerc's "Tapisseries du Roy" (1687) and "Les Actions glorieuses de S.A.S. Charles duc de Lorraine …" (c. 1700) after Leclerc; a reduced edition of Aesop's Fables (1707) by Jan van Vianen (b c. 1660-65) and etchings after François Verdier's Life of Samson (c. 1710).
She drew an Oriental Warrior with Club and Quiver (1671; Berlin, Kupferstichkab.) and the Holy Family (1671; Coburg, Veste Coburg).
The UAG owns two prints with her initials J.S.K., which is how she often signed: "Saint Jean prêchant dans le désert" and "La petite passion."
Source: C. Höper, Oxford Art Online, Jan 2011