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The Virgin and Child enthroned, with Saints and Angels; the Virgin sitting on a throne crowned by two angels; the Child, making a gesture of blessing, sitting on her lap; flanked on the left by St Dominic (holding a lily and an open book), St Catherine of Siena (with lilies and a model of a church), St Catherine of Alexandria (crowned, trampling on a wheel and holding a sword), and on the right by St Peter Martyr (holding an open book, a palm and with a sword cleaving his pate), St Mary Magdalene and St Lucy (holding a palm and a box with her eyes); a Dominican friar kneeling at the foot of the throne, holding a rosary in his clasped hands; cypress trees in the background; encircled by a border of overlapping leaves. c.1490
Engraving, with traces of red hand-colouring on the Magdalene's cloak and and green on St Lucy's dress
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- 1490 (circa)
Height: 186 millimetres
Width: 149 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This early and unique impression was catalogued by Hind among a group of early Florentine engravings executed in a style called by the scholar the 'Broad Manner' and now thought to be the work of Francesco Rosselli (for the group see the entry for Hind B.III.9: P&D 1875-6-12-18). Nevertheless, this crude example of late fifteenth-century workmanship cannot be ascribed to Rosselli; Zucker noted (in 'The Illustrated Barsch, Commentary', vol. 24, part 2, 1994, pp. 239-40, no. 070) that some features are broadly reminiscent of Lucantonio degli Uberti, a Florentine engraver and printmaker who worked especially in Venice.
The composition corresponds to those of innumerable late quattrocento Florentine altarpieces, such as a panel attributed to the Florentine painter Biagio d'Antonio Tucci originally in the Florentine church of San Domenico al Maglio and now in Berlin.
The print's subject matter is predominantly Dominican and the artist responsible for the execution was well informed about specific Domenican concerns; in view of his conspicuous lack of skills Zucker suggested that he was not a professional engraver but, rather, a Dominican friar working for his order. Almost certainly the print was intended for the private devotional of members of the Dominican Order.
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