Angel Holding a Palm and a Crown

Jean Honoré Fragonard French
After Annibale Carracci Italian

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This etching is from a group of sixteen made by Fragonard in Paris around 1763-64, based on black chalk drawings he had made in Italy a few years earlier for his friend and patron, the abbé de Saint-Non. This plate is based on his copy after a fresco by Ludovico Carracci (Italian, 1555-1619) in the cathedral in Piacenza, Triumphant Angels with Symbols of the Virgin Mary. Fragonard's delicate use of the etching needle to suggest texture and light endows Ludovico's ponderous composition with a new vitality.

Angel Holding a Palm and a Crown, Jean Honoré Fragonard (French, Grasse 1732–1806 Paris), Etching, first state of two

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