Collection of Prints and Drawings

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Production People
Ludovico Carracci (Print made by)artist bio
Carracci, Ludovico [Lodovico]
b Bologna, bapt 19 April 1555; d Bologna, 13 or 14 Nov 1619

Pietro Stefanoni (Published by)artist bio
Stefanoni, Pietro
b Vastagna, near Vicenza c. 1557; d Rome c. 1642
Title / Description
The Holy Family under an Arch
 
Date
c. 1585-90
 
Technique
engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
265 x 327 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
Signed lower left: 'lodovicus Carraccis/In.fe.', inscribed with publisher's address along bottom, below the margin: 'P.S.F.' (Giovanni Orlandi's publisher's address was burnished out from this state.)
State
fourth state of four
 
Watermark
visible, height: 44 mm, width: 44 mm
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (Lugt 1966)
 
References
Bartsch XVIII.26.4 info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Bohn in TIB 1996, 3905.001.S4 (fourth state 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. 1 (fourth state 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. 51 info
Michael Bury, The Print in Italy 1550-1620, exhibition catalogue, London, The British Museum 2001
 
Comment
Michael Bury in 2001 claimed that this is Lodovico Carracci's most ambitious print and the only one executed in pure engraving. Although its authenticity had been debated, the inscription on the first state seems to be decisive. This was probably the first of Lodovico's works in the medium, which explains its technical inadequacies, and effects closer to etchings than to engravings of the period. Lodovico's preparatory drawings in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, inv. no. 174, and in a private collection, London, suggest a dating in the later 1580s. The final design for the print has been lost. Bury in 2001 observed that the print alludes to Correggiesque figure types and shows the influence of Andrea del Sarto's Madonna del Sacco.
 
Inventory Number
6113
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Mounted I
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