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Production People
Andrea Schiavone (Print made by)artist bio
Schiavone, Andrea [Meldolla; Meduli?, Andrija]
b ?Zara [now Zadar], ?c. 1510; d Venice, 1 Dec 1563
Title / Description
The Nativity
 
Date
c. 1558-60
 
Technique
etching
Material
paper
Dimensions
191 x 319 mm (sheet, trimmed)
Inscriptions
no
State
sixth state
 
Watermark
no
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (Lugt 1966)
 
References
Bartsch XVI.42.6 info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Stanley in Bryan 1858, no. 6 info
George Stanley, 'Andrea Meldolla,' in Michael Bryan, Dictionary of Painters and Engravers, London 1858

Richardson 1980, no. 6 info
Francis L. Richardson, Andrea Schiavone, Oxford 1980

Dillon in Venice 1981, no. 139 info
Gianvittorio Dillon in Da Tiziano a El Greco: Per la storia del Manierismo a Venezia, ed. Rodolfo Palluchini, exhibition catalogue, Venice, Palazzo Ducale 1981

Landau in London 1983, no. P47 info
David Landau, 'Printmaking in Venice and the Veneto' in The Genius of Venice 1500-1600, eds. Jane Martineau and Charles Hope, exhibition catalogue, London, Royal Academy of Arts 1983, pp. 303-54
 
Comment
The composition reflects Titian's Nativity of c. 1533, which was probably known by Andrea Schiavone through Niccolo Boldrini's woodcut. The figure of the Virgin recalls Jacopo Caraglio's Nativity after Parmigianino (Bartsch XV.68.4). According to Chiara Callegari's note on the mat, it is a sixth state impression. According to Landau in London 1983, no other printmaker had ever achieved such a technical mastery in etching and in creating tonal effects with drypoint and surface tone.
 
Inventory Number
6301
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Mounted I
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