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Joshua; in profile to the right, is praying to the sun, he is wearing armour and a sword rests on his lap; on the right, close to the prophet, is a decorated throne. c.1480-90
- Production date
- 1480-1490 (circa)
Height: 173 millimetres (cut along border)
Width: 106 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, Berlin, Boston, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), and in the Rothschild collection (Louvre, Paris). The BM also possesses the third state of the print (the second one in Zucker's opinion), heavily reworked (see P&D V.1.12).
The image is faithfully copied from Baldini's prophet 'Joshua' ( Hind C.I.23.A and Mark J. Zucker, 'The Illustrated Bartsch, Commentary', vol. 24, part 1, 1993, p. 198, no. 074), a composition unique within the series in showing the figure in profile and in a narrative situation. Rosselli's version of the subject only varies from its model in the different spelling of various words of the inscriptions.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1993, 8th-30th Jan, London, Accademia Italiana, Ruskin and Tuscany
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