Diogenes seated with his barrel behind him, and reading a book while holding a stick that rests on a geometry book to his right
Giovanni Jacopo Caraglio (Italian, Parma or Verona ca. 1500/1505–1565 Krakow (?))
After Parmigianino (Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola) (Italian, Parma 1503–1540 Casalmaggiore)
Sheet: 11 1/4 × 8 9/16 in. (28.6 × 21.7 cm) trimmed within platemark
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1917
Not on view
This engraving of the Greek philosopher Diogenes follows a design by Parmigianino. In contrast to The Marriage of the Virgin it is striking how little of the copper plate Caraglio left unworked, using controlled tonal differences to achieve a highly nuanced chiaroscuro palette. This change may have been due to greater involvement by Parmigianino himself, who likely created his preparatory drawing with a print in mind. The painter actively thought about the translation of tonality in this design as is suggested by his decision to also have the drawing reproduced in a chiaroscuro woodcut by Ugo da Carpi (Italian, ca. 1480–1532) in Bologna, not long after Caraglio made this engraving.
Inscription: Lower left quadrant of image, in printed text on a rock: PTL [unidentified monogram]
Vendor: Dick Estate, U.S. Trust
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. "The Art of Parmigianino," March 10, 2003–January 4, 2004.
The Frick Collection, New York. "The Art of Parmigianino," January 27, 2004–April 18, 2004.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," June 23, 2015–September 28, 2015.
B.XV.94.61; TIB commentary 28 [XV] 2802.061 ii/ii
Adam von Bartsch Le Peintre graveur. Vienna, 1803, cat. no. XV.94.61, 94.