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David; sitting on clouds and holding a psaltery; to the left and right sides of the figure is the inscription: 'DAVID PROPHETA'; a beam of light emanating from the mouth of the prophet. c.1480-90.
- Production date
- 1480-1490 (circa)
Height: 167 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) and in the Rothschild collection (Louvre, Paris).
The image corresponds to Baldini's prophet 'Baruch' (Hind C.I.6.A and Mark J. Zucker, 'The Illustrated Bartsch, Commentary', vol. 24, part 1, 1993, p. 173, no. 057); however, Rosselli omitted the scroll with a Latin inscription and added a ray of light emanating from the mouth of the prophet. This version also varies from its model in the different spelling of various words of the inscriptions.
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