Collection of Prints and Drawings

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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

Nicolas van Aelst (Published by)artist bio
Aelst, Nicolas van
b 1550s?; d 1613
Title / Description
Christ Crowned with Thorns
 
Date
1606
 
Technique
etching
Material
paper
Dimensions
180 x 131 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
Signed and dated lower left: 'Annib. Carracius in. et fecit. 1606' and inscribed with publisher's address lower right: 'Nico Van Aelst for Romae'
State
third state of five
 
Watermark
no
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (Lugt 1966)
 
References
Bartsch XVIII.182.3 (undescribed state) info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Bohn in TIB 1996, 3906.021.S3 (third state of five) 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

Bury 2001, no. 50 info
Michael Bury, The Print in Italy 1550-1620, exhibition catalogue, London, The British Museum 2001
 
Comment
The print was very popular at the time, and was published in five states and reproduced in thirteen printed copies. Michael Bury in 2001 praised the emotional intensity of the print. According to Bury, Annibale may have taken up etching again because of his breakdown in 1605 he was unable to undertake larger, public projects. A document shows that four small etched plates by Annibale belonged to Giovanni Orlandi before 20 November 1609 (published by M. Maccherini in Prospettiva 86 (1997), p. 83, document no.16), and Bury claimed these are likely to have been the four that Annibale executed in Rome: the present one, the Christ of Caprarola (TIB 3906.017), the Madonna della Scodella (TIB 3906.020) and the Adoration of the Shepherds (TIB 3906.019). They were all acquired by Nicolas van Aelst, who frequently bought used plates from other print dealers. A drawing at Chatsworth, Devonshire Collection, inv. no. 430, was indented for transfer and probably served as the model for this print.
 
Inventory Number
6089
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Mounted I
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