- Museum number
Baruch; sitting on clouds, he holds a book in his right hand and a scroll in his left. c.1480-90
- Production date
- 1480-1490 (circa)
Height: 175 millimetres (cut along border)
Width: 95 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 1845,0825.400).
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 is copied from Baldini's prophet 'Baruch' (Hind C.I.11.A and Mark J. Zucker, 'The Illustrated Bartsch, Commentary', vol. 24, part 1, 1993, p. 180, no. 062); this version of the subject varies from its model in the less elaborate hat and in the rounder shapes of the clouds; moreover, the inscriptions deviate from Baldini's in content and the spelling of some of the words.
The blurring of the text below is due to the paper having moved slightly in the printing process.
This print was issued as a black and white facsimile by the British Museum in 'Reproductions of Prints in the British Museum', New [Second] Series Part I (Early Italian Prints), Published by the Trustees in 1886, where it was number II(B) [reproduced alongside V,1.18], and described there as 'Florentine School, XV. Century. The Prophet Baruch (a different plate).'; (Shelfmark 245*.b.15).
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