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Production People
Federico Barocci (Print made by)artist bio
Barocci, Federico
b Urbino, c. 1535; d Urbino, 30 Sept 1612
Title / Description
The Annunciation
 
Date
c. 1585
 
Technique
etching, engraving, drypoint
Material
paper
Dimensions
432 x 308 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
Signed lower right: 'Federicus.Barocius.Vrb./inuentor excudit'
State
only state
 
WatermarkWatermark
visible, height: 42 mm, width: 42 mm
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (Lugt 1966)
 
References
Bartsch XVII.2.1 (second state of two) info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Pillsbury and Richards 1978, no. 75 (only state) info
Edmund P. Pillsbury and Luise S. Richards, The Graphic Art of Federico Barocci: Selected Drawings and Prints, exhibition catalogue, Cleveland, The Cleveland Museum of Art and New Haven, Yale University Art Gallery 1978

Bury 2001, no. 30 info
Michael Bury, The Print in Italy 1550-1620, exhibition catalogue, London, The British Museum 2001

Philadelphia, Sarasota, and Northampton 2006, no. 10
(entry by Michael Cole) info
The Early Modern Painter-Etcher, ed. by Michael Cole, exhibition catalogue, Philadelphia (Pa.), Arthur Ross Gallery, Sarasota (Fla.) John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, and Northampton (Mass.), Museum of Art 2006
 
Comment
This is the last of the four prints executed by Federico Barocci himself and the only one for which the plate survived (recorded among Barocci's possessions in his studio when he died, the plate entered the Calcografia Nazionale in Rome as early as 1709). It is related to his famous altarpiece for Francesco Maria II della Rovere, Duke of Urbino, painted between 1582-84 for the ducal chapel in the Basilica at Loreto, today in the Pinacoteca Vaticana. An engraved copy by Philippe Thomassin dated 1588 provides a terminus ante quem for Barocci's work. The plate was recorded in Barocci's possessions at his death in 1612. The term 'excudit' in the inscription indicates he had control over the printing and distribution. The preparatory drawing for the print is preserved in the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, inv. no. 2013. See most recently Judith Mann and Babette Bohn, Federico Barocci: Renaissance master of color and line, exhibition catalogue St Louis Art Museum 2012.
 
Inventory Number
5948
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Mounted I
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