Collection of Prints and Drawings

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Production People
Agostino Carracci (Print made by)artist bio
Carracci, Agostino
b Bologna, 15 Aug 1557; d Parma, 22 March 1602

Jacopo Tintoretto (After)artist bio
Tintoretto [Robusti], Jacopo
b Venice, 1519; d Venice, 31 May 1594

Donato Rasciotti (Published by)artist bio
Rasciotti, Donato [Rascicotti, Donato; Rasicotti, Donato; Rasciotti, Donato; Rosigotti, Donato; Rascichotti, Donato]
fl. 1572-1612
Title / Description
The Crucifixion (left part)
 
Date
1589
 
Technique
engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
508 x 416 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
Signed lower left: 'AVGV. CARR. FE.' and dedicated in the margin to Ferdinando Medici
State
only state
 
Watermark
illegible, h: ?, w: ?
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (without stamp)
 
References
Bartsch XVIII.51.23 info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Le Blanc I.599.48 info
Charles Le Blanc, Manuel de l'amateur d'estampes, 4 vols., Paris 1854-90

Bohlin 1979, no. 147 (second state of two) info
Diane DeGrazia Bohlin, Prints and Related Drawings by the Carracci Family: A Catalogue Raisonné, National Gallery of Art, Washington 1979

Ticozzi 1982, no. 3 info
Paolo Ticozzi, Immagini dal Tintoretto: Stampe dal XVI al XIX secolo nelle Collezioni del Gabinetto delle Stampe, exhibition catalogue, Rome, Villa Farnesina 1982

Chiari Moretto Wiel 1994, no. 3 (second state of two) info
Maria Agnese Chiari Moretto Wiel, Jacopo Tintoretto e i suoi incisori, exhibition catalogue, Venice, Palazzo Ducale 1994

Bohn in TIB 1995, 3901.157 (only state) info
Babette Bohn, Italian Masters of the Sixteenth-Century: Agostino Carracci, The Illustrated Bartsch, vol. 39, Part 1 (Commentary), New York 1995

Bury 2001, no. 66 info
Michael Bury, The Print in Italy 1550-1620, exhibition catalogue, London, The British Museum 2001
 
Comment
The famous print, composed of three parts, reproduces Jacopo Tintoretto's monumental painting of 1565 on the frontal wall of the Sala dell'Albergo in Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice. Although the print is signed and dated, its chronology was debated until Bohlin proved the date shall be read 1589. In Agostino Carracci's interpretation, physiognomy has been somewhat altered, several figures omitted, and the landscape extended in depth, resulting in a greater spacial clarity. Michael Bury in 2001 refers to Malvasia's account that Agostino not only asked Tintoretto's permission for the engraving but also showed him a drawing, asking him to make corrections, and while demonstrates the problems with this information, supposes some kind of collaboration between the two artists. The execution of this large print required financial support from a print dealer, but Bury claims it is impossible to establish whether it was Carracci's or Rascicotti's initiative to create this engraving. According to a 17th century source, the plates were later acquired by Daniel Nis, who took them to Flanders.
 
Inventory Number
25129
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Mounted II
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