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Interior of a ruined church or temple with figures, the central one kneeling before a tall candelabrum. 1481
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Height: 708 millimetres
Width: 512 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This print is documented in a contract dated 24 October 1481 in which Bernardus de Prevedari (Bernardo Prevedari) was commissioned by Matheus de Fidelibus to engrave a design on paper by Bramante which was to be completed in two months. Bramante's name appears beneath the candelabrum, though Prevedari's does not. In 1481 Bramante was no longer in Milan, and the contract was with the owner or controller of the drawing, perhaps acting on his behalf. This is the largest engraving from a single plate to have been made in the fifteenth century. The subject, although unclear, seems to represent a pagan temple given over to Christian worship
The BM impression has large areas pricked and incised for transfer. See on this Laura Aldovini in 'Print Quarterly', XXVI, 2009, pp.38-45. And more fully by the same author 'Le stampe come cartoni: ipotesi sull'incisione Prevedari', Rassegna di Studi e di Notizie, vol.35, Milan 2012, pp.59-71.
The only other known impression of this print is in the Castello Sforzesco in Milan.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1998 Apr-Sep, London, Soane Museum, 'North Italian Album'
Display of early Italian prints in BM, 2007
2014/15 Sep- Jan, Lugano, Museum Cantonale D'Arte, Bramantino and the French Rule in Renaissance Lombardy (1449- 1525)
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- Acquisition notes
- The print is described as belonging to Dr Monro by Strutt in his 'Biographical dictionary of engravers', I 1785, p.140, and later by Ottley in his 'History of Engraving'.
Laura Aldovini (see her essay in the 'Carteggio' of Luigi Malaspina (Pavia 2014), p.189) has discovered that Zani knew about the Monro impression in 1818; the other impression, now in the Castello Sforzesco in Milan, had belonged to the Perego family in 1787.
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