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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
The Madonna of the Swallow (La Madonna della Rondinella)
 
Date
1587
 
Technique
engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
155 x 118 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
Signed on the pedestal at left: 'ANI. CAR. BOL. F/IN.' and dated lower left: '1587'
State
only state
 
Watermark
visible, height: 35 mm, width: 35 mm
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (Lugt 1966)
 
References
Bartsch XVIII.185.8 info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Bohn in TIB 1996, 3906.009 (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. 9 (only state) info
Diane DeGrazia Bohlin, Prints and Related Drawings by the Carracci Family: A Catalogue Raisonné, National Gallery of Art, Washington 1979
 
Comment
Early writers, including Bartsch, misread the date as 1581. The technique of this engraving is a departure from Agostino Carracci's style. Bohn in TIB noted that the sketchy background is close to Camillo Procaccini's etching representing the Rest on the Flight into Egypt (TIB 3904.001), which probably influenced Annibale's development towards a freer style. The figures demonstrate Antonio Correggio's types, typical for Annibale's works during the mid-1580s. The copper plate is preserved in the Calcografia Nazionale, Rome, with scribbles and small studies on its verso, not related to this engraving.
 
Inventory Number
6098
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Mounted I
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