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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
St Francis of Assisi
 
Date
1585
 
Technique
engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
140 x 103 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
Signed on a stone lower left: 'Anni. Ca./in. fe.', dated lower centre: '1585'
State
only state
 
Watermark
no
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (without stamp)
 
References
Bartsch XVIII.191.15 info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Bohn in TIB 1996, 3906.007 (only state) 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. 7 (only state) info
Diane DeGrazia Bohlin, Prints and Related Drawings by the Carracci Family: A Catalogue Raisonné, National Gallery of Art, Washington 1979
 
Comment
According to Bohn in TIB, the emotional St Francis exemplifies the Correggiesque figures favoured by Annibale Carracci in his paintings made in this period. Annibale also produced small paintings of this subject in c. 1585, probably inspired by the election of the Franciscan Pope Sixtus V. This is an early example of Annibale's more spontaneous technique, different from Agostino's. The plate is preserved in the Calcografia Nazionale, Rome, with an engraved Crucifixion on the verso, largely obliterated by the dissatisfied Annibale (see illustration in TIB).
 
Inventory Number
6097
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Mounted I
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