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Christ in Limbo

Artist:
Léon Davent (French, active 1540–56)
Artist:
After Luca Penni (Italian, Florence 1500/1504–1557 Paris)
Date:
1546-47
Medium:
Etching
Dimensions:
Sheet (trimmed): 14 5/8 × 11 3/16 in. (37.1 × 28.4 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1959
Accession Number:
59.596.33
Not on view
The printmaker Davent was active at Fontainebleau, eventually settling in Paris. He began his career as an engraver but by about 1643–44 had turned to etching. Here Davent stayed close to Luca Penni's drawn composition (2014.264). He introduced only small changes, giving a halo to Christ and leaving out the tiny figures on the distant shore of the river Styx. He also chose to portray Eve as nude, even though Penni had added drapery.
Inscription: Lettered in plate, lower center: 'L.D.'

Marking: Watermark: bunch of grapes, at top center
Vendor: Maurice Rousseau, Paris
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," October 8, 2014–December 8, 2014.

Bartsch XVI p. 310, no. 2; Herbet p. 81, no. 40; Zerner LD no. 84
Adam von Bartsch Le Peintre graveur. Vienna, 1803, cat. no. 2, p. 310.

Felix Herbet Les Graveurs de l'École de Fontainebleau. B. M. Israël, reprint. Amsterdam, 1896-1902 (reprint 1969), cat. no. 40, p. 81.

Henri Zerner The School of Fontainebleau, Etchings and Engravings. New York, 1969, cat. no. 84.



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