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The Life Class of the Vienna Academy

Artist:
Johann Jacobe (Austrian, Vienna 1733–1797 Vienna)
Artist:
After Martin Ferdinand Quadal (Austrian, 1736–1811)
Date:
1790
Medium:
Mezzotint; proof state
Dimensions:
sheet: 25 1/2 x 31 3/8 in. (64.7 x 79.7 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 2003
Accession Number:
2003.477
Not on view
Members of the Vienna Academy are represented sketching, painting, and sculpting from a live model. Quadal, who specialized in portraits and animal subjects, sits sketching in the right foreground. Jacobé taught mezzotint—an intaglio technique in which subtle gradations of light and shade form the image—at the Vienna Academy. Thanks to his professorship, Vienna produced the only significant school of mezzotint artists in the late eighteenth century outside of London. This impression is a proof, a step in the working process, and the names of the artists had yet to be engraved on the plate. They were added by hand in brown ink in the bottom margin.
Signature: Signed and annotated by the artist in the lower margin.
Vendor: Emanuel von Baeyer (London)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," July 27, 2004–October 25, 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection".

Nagler Lexikon VI. 387.3; Andresen Handbuch II.708.6 state I
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