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Wilton album, folio 57b: The Virgin and Child Seated on a Cloud

Artist:
Federico Barocci (Italian, Urbino ca. 1535–1612 Urbino)
Date:
1580–81
Medium:
Etching and engraving
Dimensions:
6 1/16 × 4 3/16 in. (15.4 × 10.7 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1927
Accession Number:
27.78.1(196)
Not on view
On folio 57 with one other print: 27.78.1(195)
For more information on the Wilton album see entry for 27.78.1(1-428)
A remarkably strong impression of one of Barocci's first experiments in etching. The figures of the Virgin and Child derive from Barocci's painting of the Virgin and Child with Saints John the Baptist and Francis, long thought to be lost, but recently rediscovered in the deposits of the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan (see Marciari and Boorsch 2013, p. 76). While modest in size and conception, the composition was copied many times, beginning with the Carracci brothers - Agostino's copy is dated 1582 - but also by Raffaello Schiaminossi and Jan Sadeler, among others.
For an untrimmed example with lettering see 17.50.18-147 (with additional commentary)
Possibly Thomas Herbert, 8th Earl of Pembroke (British, 1656–1733, Wilton House, Wiltshire); By descent to Reginald Herbert, 15th Earl of Pembroke (British, 1880–1960, Wilton House, Wiltshire); Vendor: Sotheby's, London, 6 July 1917, Lot 304
Bartsch XVII.3.2; TIB 34.2(3); Bury 2001, no. 43; Marciari and Boorsch 2013, no. 11
Adam von Bartsch Le Peintre graveur. Vienna, 1803.

TIB The Illustrated Bartsch. Abaris Books, 1978–.

Michael Bury The Print in Italy, 1550-1620. London, 2001.

John Marciari, Suzanne Boorsch Francesco Vanni: Art in Late Renaissance Siena. New Haven, 2013.



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