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Noah; sitting on clouds, he holds and indicates to a miniature ark, the dove carrying an olive branch in its beak sits on the roof; on a scroll behind his head is the inscription: 'NOE PROFETA'; in the lower right the number '1' is added. c.1470-80.
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- 1470-1480 (circa)
Height: 141 millimetres
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 'Fine Manner' and now attributed to Baccio Baldini (for this set see the entry for Hind C.I.13.A.II: P&D V.1.17).
The present engraving is the third state of the print: the plate is further reworked, with the number 5 erased from the upper l corner and the number 1 added in the lower r; the margin, with eight-line inscription, is cut away. Examples of the first state are in Vienna, Budapest, Paris and in the Rothschild collection (Louvre, Paris). The third state impression in Vienna has a monogram added by hand in the lower l corner which is possibly that of the engraver responsible for the reworking of the plate.
The image is not directly inspired by a northern European print source. As Hind noted the structure of the ark held by the prophet is similar to that in the so-called 'Florentine Picture-Chronicle', an album of pen-and-ink drawings in the BM, now generally attributed to Baldini himself or his studio (f. 7; see B. Degenhart, A. Schmitt, 'Corpus der italienischen Zeichnungen 1300-1450, Teil I: Sud-und Mittelitalien', 4, Berlin, 1968; pl. 387).
The BM possesses a reproduction of the first state of the print.
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