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The Deluge; many figures on boats, rafts or on horseback escaping the flood and trying to protect themselves from the rain; they are seen scrambling and clutching at the Ark (inscribed: 'ARCHA NOE' on the front) on the left as waves engulf them. c.1470-90.
Engraving with an offset of an uncut page of letter text on the recto and verso
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- 1470-1490 (circa)
Height: 293 millimetres
Width: 433 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This print belongs to a group of engravings of miscellaneous subjects, catalogued by Hind as executed in the 'Broad Manner', now attributed to Francesco Rosselli. For this group see the entry for Hind B.III.9 (P&D 1875-6-12-18).
This is the second state of the print, with the inscription "ARCHA NOE" added on the ark; the only known impression of the first state, without the lettering, is in Hamburg.
It was engraved on the recto of the same plate as the 'Solomon and the Queen of Sheba' (Hind B.III.4 and Mark J. Zucker, 'The Illustrated Barsch, Commentary', vol. 24, part 2, 1994, p. 79, no. 063), as noted in an entry in the Rosselli's inventory: '1o diluvio di foglio reale chol tenpio di salamone" (a Deluge [in the size] of [a] royal folio with the temple of Solomon).
The subject occurs, with several modifications, in another impression almost certainly executed before the present one (P&D 1845-8-25-232, see Hind B.III.1.I and Mark J. Zucker, 'The Illustrated Barsch, Commentary', vol. 24, part 2, 1994, p. 75, no. 060.S1). The chief alteration in the composition is found in the strip of rain added beneath the clouds and over the ark, in the position of capsized boat and the two rafts in the foreground.
The composition of the 'Deluge' corresponds exactly, and in the same direction, to a pen-drawing on vellum in the Kunsthalle at Hamburg, now thought to be by Maso Finiguerra or his workshop and connected with the so-called Finiguerra group of drawings in the Uffizi, Florence (for a reproduction see B. Degenhart, A. Schmitt, 'Corpus der italienischen Zeichnungen 1300-1450, Teil I: Sud-und Mittelitalien', 2, Berlin, 1968; pl. 935). Present in the drawing and in the present version of the print (but not in the first version) is the motif of the raindrops in the sky and covering the ark.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2006/7 Oct-Jan, Dijon, Musée Magnin, 'Déluge et Catastrophes'
2007 Feb-April, Lausanne, Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, 'Déluge et Catastrophes'
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