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The Assumption of the Virgin, seated in the heavens amid a mandorla of angels with others playing trumpets; in the foreground the Apostles around the empty tomb. c.1490
Engraving, printed on two joined sheets from two plates (possibly either side of a single plate)
- Production date
Height: 825 millimetres
Width: 560 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This print belongs to a group of engravings of miscellaneous subjects catalogued by Hind as anonymous Florentine prints of about 1470-1500, executed in a style called by him the 'Broad Manner'. The group is now convincingly attributed to Francesco Rosselli. Almost every one of them can be identified with items listed in the inventory of Rosselli himself (1525) and they were probably engraved on opposite sides of individual copperplates. This print must be the 'asensione di 6 fogli reali in un pezo'. All are exceptionally large and several can be related to inventions preserved in drawings ascribed to Maso Finiguerra or to prototypes by Botticelli. Vasari in his life of Botticelli (second edition) stated that the painter "had many of his designs engraved in a poor style, the cutting being badly done"; Hind suggested that he was referring to prints such as the present one. For a recent discussion of the issue see Mark J. Zucker, 'The Illustrated Bartsch, Commentary', vol. 24, part 2, 1994, p. 74.
The print has always been thought to have been designed by Botticelli, and is the finest of the group ascribed to him. See H.P.Horne, 'Sandro Botticelli', 1908, pp.288-90.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1994 Aug-Oct, Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, The Renaissance Print
2016 16 Jan - 3 Apr, Tokyo, Metropolitan Art Museum, 'Botticelli and his Time'
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Colvin reported in his report to the Trustees on April 15 1884 that in the Dent sale at Sotheby's in February 1884 an impression of this print sold for £860
- Prints and Drawings
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