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Variarum imaginum a celeberrimis artificibus pictarum Caelaturae / Cabinet Reynst

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1866,0407.738

  • Title (series)

    • Variarum imaginum a celeberrimis artificibus pictarum Caelaturae
    • Cabinet Reynst
  • Description

    The entombment of Christ, whose body is carried by St Joseph of Arimathaea and Nicodemus; at right the Virgin Mary has collapsed, supported by two holy women; St John stands behind her; the scene illuminated by two torches at left and right; a proof before letters, after Jacopo Bassano Etching and engraving

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1655-1660 (c.)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 417 millimetres (plate mark)
    • Width: 294 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    After a painting by Jacopo Bassano in Santa Maria in Vanzo, Padua; see Enrica Pan, 'Jacopo Bassano e l'incizione', 1992, cat. No.55.

    From 'Variarum imaginum a celeberrimis artificibus pictarum Caelaturae', a series of 34 plates reproducing thirty-three paintings then in the collection of Gerard Reynst (partly assembled with his brother Jan who died in 1646). The Dutch merchant commissioned the set in 1655 and entrusted the task of engraving the plates to Cornelis II van Dalen, Jeremias Falck, Cornelis Holsteyn, Jan Lutma and Theodoor Matham. The series was however still incomplete when Reynst died in 1658. The unfinished set was eventually published in Amsterdam between 1660 and 1671; the title-page describes it as reproducing paintings partly from the collection of Reynst's widow, and partly from the collection of Charles II of England (in 1660 the Dutch Republic had bought part of Reynst's widow's paintings and given them to Charles II). The Department of Prints and Drawings keeps a complete edition of the set bound in an album (shelf-mark 157*.b.27, see 1945,0130.2.1-34 preceded by two engraved title-pages).

    Ten of the paintings (originally in the collection of Gerard Reynst) are now in the English Royal Collections; eight are in European museums or private collections; the remaining fifteen are lost or unidentified.

    Lit.: Anne-Marie S. Logan, The 'Cabinet' of the Brothers Gerard and Jan Reynst, Amsterdam-Oxford-New York, 1975, pp.38-45; Jan van de Waals, 'De Prentschat van Michiel van Hinloopen 1619-1708', The Hague, 1988, pp.103-105 and p.179.

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  • Bibliography

    • IFF 24 bibliographic details
    • Logan 1975 5 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Italian Masters Portfolio)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1866

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1866,0407.738

The entombment of Christ, whose body is carried by St Joseph of Arimathaea and Nicodemus; at right the Virgin Mary has collapsed, supported by two holy women; St John stands behind her; the scene illuminated by two torches at left and right; a proof before letters, after Jacopo Bassano Etching and engraving

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The entombment of Christ, whose body is carried by St Joseph of Arimathaea and Nicodemus; at right the Virgin Mary has collapsed, supported by two holy women; St John stands behind her; the scene illuminated by two torches at left and right; a proof before letters, after Jacopo Bassano Etching and engraving

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