Collection of Prints and Drawings

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Production People
Giovanni Battista Franco (Print made by)artist bio
Franco, (Giovanni) Battista [Baptista Veneziano; il Semolei]
b Venice, ?1510; d Venice, 1561
Title / Description
Calvary
 
Technique
etching, retouched in pen and black ink
Material
paper
Dimensions
771 x 498 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
no
Watermark
to be checked
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (1966)
 
References
Bartsch XVI.123.12 info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Dillon in Venice 1981, no. 153 info
Gianvittorio Dillon in Da Tiziano a El Greco: Per la storia del Manierismo a Venezia, ed. Rodolfo Palluchini, exhibition catalogue, Venice, Palazzo Ducale 1981
 
Comment
The composition owes much to Michelangelo, Christ's figure derives directly from a Michelangelesque prototype, known through the drawing in the British Museum, preparatory for the painting for Vittoria Colonna. The two thieves relate to the nudes of the Sistine Chapel. According to Dillon in Venice 1981, Franco was also influenced by two other Michelangelesque works: the Deposition by Jacopino del Conte in San Giovanni Decollato, Rome, and the Deposition by Daniele da Volterra in SS. Trinita dei Monti, Rome. This print most probably predates Franco's Venetian period.
 
Inventory Number
25376
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Mounted III
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