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Production People
Ventura Salimbeni (Print made by)artist bio
Salimbeni, Ventura [Bevilacqua]
b Siena, 20 Jan 1568; d Siena, before 23 Nov 1613

Ambrogio Brambilla (Print made by)artist bio
Brambilla, Ambrogio [Brambilla, Giovanni Ambrogio]
fl 1575-95
Title / Description
The Baptism of Christ
 
Date
1589
 
Technique
etching, drypoint
Material
paper
Dimensions
570 x 435 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
Signed 'AMBR' lower right, inscribed and dated lower left: 'Ventura Salimbeni Senen/Inuentor et Escudet 1589'
Watermark
illegible, h: 48 mm, w: 45 mm
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (Lugt 1966)
 
References
Bartsch XVII.192.5 info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Boston, Cleveland, and Washington 1989, no. 45 info
Italian Etchers of the Renaissance and the Baroque, Sue Welsh Reed and Richard Wallace (eds), exhibition catalogue, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, and National Gallery of Art, Washington 1989

Bury 2001, no. 46 info
Michael Bury, The Print in Italy 1550-1620, exhibition catalogue, London, The British Museum 2001
 
Comment
Sue Welsh Reed in Boston, Cleveland, and Washington 1989 suggested that Ambrogio Brambilla contributed technical assistance in producing the plate. This was accepted by Michael Bury in 2001. Among the small group of seven etchings given to Salimbeni by Bartsch, six are dated between 1589 and 1594, and Baptism is the earliest. The five other dated ones all carry the address of the print publisher Iohannes Statius from Amsterdam, active in Rome c.1584-94. Bury noted that the technical procedures include the use of stopping-out and that the style of the figures is very close to Salimbeni's drawings of the nude. The inscription is different from those on other prints of the seven, instead of the term 'fecit', Salimbeni claims he had the plate printed 'escudet'. Reed argued that it is most likely that this was a case of very close collaboration between designer and etcher, and Brambilla took control of the technical side, while Salimbeni did the drawing, and this would have merited Brambilla adding his monogram.
 
Inventory Number
8897
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Mounted II
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