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Production People
Andrea Andreani (Print made by)artist bio
Andreani, Andrea
b Mantua, 1558-9; d 15 February 1629

Giambologna (After)artist bio
Giambologna [Bologna, Giovanni; Boulogne, Jean]
b Douai, 1529; d Florence, 1608
Title / Description
Christ before Pilate
 
Date
1585
 
Technique
chiaroscuro woodcut from three blocks in brown
Material
paper
Dimensions
439 x 644 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
Inscribed in the shield lower right: 'Gianbologna scolp./Andrea Andriano/lo'ntagliatore/a Giovambbatista deti gen/til'huomo Fiorentino', and in pen and brown ink on the step beneath Pilate's throne: 'P. mariette 1660'
Watermark
to be checked
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (Lugt 1966)
Pierre II Mariette (Lugt 1789)
 
References
Bartsch XII.41.19 info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Kolloff 1872, p. 718, no. 11 info
Eduard Kolloff, 'Andrea Andreani,' in Julius Meyer, Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon, vol. 1, Leipzig 1872, pp. 715-27

Florence 1956, no. 56 info
Mostra di chiaroscuri italiani dei secoli XVI, XVII, XVIII, ed. Maria Fossi, exhibition catalogue, Florence, Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi 1956

Paris and Rotterdam 1965-66, no. 47 info
Clairs-obscurs: Gravuers sur bois imprimées en coleurs de 1500 a 1800 provenant de collections hollandaises, ed. Carlos van Hasselt, exhibition catalogue, Paris, Institute Néderlandais and Rotterdam, Museum Boymans-van Beuningen 1965-66

Matile 2003, no. 74 info
Michael Matile, Italienische Holzschnitte der Renaissance und des Barock, Bestandskatalog der Graphische Sammlung der ETH, Zürich, Basel 2003

Hinterding 2005, nos. 65a-b info
Erik Hinterding, Chiaroscuro Woodcuts from the Frits Lugt Collection in Paris, exhibition catalogue, Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art 2005

Gnann 2013, no. 196 info
Achim Gnann, In Farbe! Clair-obscur-Holzschnitte der Renaissance aus der Sammlung Baselitz und der Albertina, exhibition catalogue, Albertina, Vienna, 2013
 
Comment
This large chiaroscuro woodcut reproduces a bronze relief by Giambologna, which was part of six passion reliefs commissioned by Luca Grimaldi for his family chapel in the Church of San Francesco di Castello in Genoa, where they were installed in about 1585. A few replicas of the bronzes are also known, among others those placed later in Giambologna’s burial chapel in the Church of Santissima Annunziata in Florence, and another in the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich. Although the woodcut and the survived bronzes are somewhat different, the dating of the print suggests it was executed on the occasion of the completion of the relief, and Andreani might have been in personal contact with the sculptor.
 
Inventory Number
25118
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Mounted III
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