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Production People
Giovanni Battista Franco (Print made by)artist bio
Franco, (Giovanni) Battista [Baptista Veneziano; il Semolei]
b Venice, ?1510; d Venice, 1561
Title / Description
Virgin and Child with John the Baptist
 
Date
c. 1552-61
 
Technique
etching, engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
250 x 368 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
Signed lower centre: 'Batista franco fecit.' and numbered above: 'No 3'
State
undescribed late state
 
WatermarkWatermark
illegible, h: 29 mm, w: 20 mm
Provenance
Franz Josef von Enzenberg (Lugt 845)
Stephan Delhaes (Lugt 761)
 
References
Bartsch XVI.129.29 (undescribed late state) info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Bury in Edinburgh 2004, no. 137 info
Michael Bury in The Age of Titian: Venetian Renaissance Art from Scottish Collections, eds. Peter Humfrey, Timothy Clifford, Aiden Westen-Lewis, and Michael Bury, exhibition catalogue, Edinburgh, National Galleries of Scotland 2004
 
Comment
The Virgin's figure shows Michelangelo's strong influence, while the angel is a reminiscent of Titian's angels in the Assumption altarpiece in the Frari, Venice. Bartsch described two states and did not list this state with the numbering.
 
Inventory Number
7050
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Mounted I
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