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Production People
Annibale Carracci (Print made by)artist bio
Carracci, Annibale
b Bologna, bapt 3 Nov 1560; d Rome, 15 July 1609
Title / Description
Susanna and the Elders
 
Date
c. 1590-91
 
Technique
etching, engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
317 x 310 mm (sheet, trimmed)
Inscriptions
no
State
unidentifiable state before fourth, of four
 
Watermark
no
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (Lugt 1966)
 
References
Bartsch XVIII.180.1 (unidentifiable or undescribed
state of two) info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Bohn in TIB 1996, 3906.013 (unidentifiable state before
fourth, of four) info
Babette Bohn, Italian Masters of the Sixteenth-Century: Bartolommeo Passarotti, Domenico Tibaldi, Camillo Procaccini, Ludovico Carracci, and Annibale Carracci, The Illustrated Bartsch, vol. 39, Part 2 (Commentary), New York 1996

Bohlin 1979, no. 14 (unidentifiable state before
fourth, of four) info
Diane DeGrazia Bohlin, Prints and Related Drawings by the Carracci Family: A Catalogue Raisonné, National Gallery of Art, Washington 1979

Bury 2001, no. 49 info
Michael Bury, The Print in Italy 1550-1620, exhibition catalogue, London, The British Museum 2001
 
Comment
The subject was popular with all three Carraccis, see the works listed by Bohn in TIB. Early writers recorded two lost paintings of this subject by Annibale, and his drawing in the British Museum, inv. no. 1895,0915.692 might have been a preparatory study for one of these. The dating is based on analogies, such as Annibale's St Jerome in the Wilderness (TIB 3906.015) and his painting of Venus and Adonis in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. This large print has a wide lower margin, probably intended for an inscription. In the second state published by Pietro Stefanoni c.1621-23, the margin was used for the dedication to Francesco Gualdo. Michael Bury in 2001 observed that a series of very ambitious prints by Agostino Carracci in the later 1580s, with his address prominently displayed, along with this work by Annibale and the Holy Family under an Arch by Lodovico suggest that in those years the three Carracci were probably exploring the possibility of a family print business.
 
Inventory Number
6086
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Mounted I
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