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Malachi; sitting on a bench, he is holding a scroll in his right hand. c.1480-90
- Production date
- 1480-1490 (circa)
Height: 168 millimetres (cut along border)
Width: 103 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 (Musée du Louvre, Paris).
The image is loosely copied from Baldini's prophet 'Malachi' (Hind C.I.22.A and Mark J. Zucker, 'The Illustrated Bartsch, Commentary', vol. 24, part 1, 1993, p. 197, no. 073), which in turn was based on a late gothic northern source. Rosselli's version varies from its model in the face and headgear of the prophet (more Italianate in spirit) and in the different spelling of various words of the inscription.
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