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Jacob; sitting on clouds, he holds a book in his right hand and indicates to a scroll above with his left. c.1480-90
- Production date
- 1480-1490 (circa)
Height: 174 millimetres (cut along border)
Width: 100 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The print belongs to a group of twenty-four 'Prophets' and twelve 'Sibyls' executed in a style called by Hind the 'Broad Manner' and now attributed to Francesco Rosselli; the group is based on the earlier series of the same subject engraved in the 'Fine Manner' by Baccio Baldini (for a discussion of the issue see the entry for Hind C.I.12.B.I: P&D 1845-8-25-400).
The present engraving is the first state of the print, issued before it was reworked; other examples of the first state are in Vienna, Boston, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Berlin and in the Rothschild collection (Louvre, Paris).
The image is substantially different from Baldini's prophet 'Jacob' (Hind C.I.12.A and Mark J. Zucker, 'The Illustrated Bartsch, Commentary', vol. 24, part 1, 1993, p. 182, no. 063), which in turn was based on an engraving of an Apostle by the German Master E.S. Rosselli simplified the drapery and the angularities of its model, and he also borrowed elements from another print in the 'Fine Manner' series, 'Salomon' (Hind C.I.7.A), reversing the figure. This version varies moreover in the different spelling of various words of the inscriptions.
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