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The Vision of Ezekiel, after Bertani; final state. 1554
Engraving printed on two joined sheets
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Height: 410 millimetres
Width: 683 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Text from Michael Bury, 'The Print in Italy 1550-1620', BM, London 2001, cat.17)
The words on the banderole are from Ezekiel 37, 6: 'And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you' (this follows from v.5: 'Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you , and ye shall live.'). Ezekiel's vision of the resurrection of the dry bones is meticulously described. We see scattered bones, bones gathered into complete skeletons, their clothing with flesh and the completion of their outer skin.
Berzaghi connected the composition to a very damaged fresco in the church of S. Paola in Mantua (Berzaghi, 1998, p.56). Around the middle of the sixteenth century, this church had become the preferred place of burial for members of the ruling Gonzaga family and the walls were decorated with macabre imagery on the occasion of state funerals. However the fresco is slightly simplified relative to the print, so either the fresco was derived from the print or both print and fresco were independently derived from drawings (see A. Belluzzi, in E.H. Gombrich et al, 'Giulio Romano', Milan, 1989, pp.568-69). Apart from prints, Bertani did provide designs for other kinds of work, including paintings. According to Tellini Perina (1974, pp.17-29), the person charged with the execution would be expected to elaborate on his design and to turn it into a finished usable form.
This is an example of the fourth state of the print, with the address of Antonio Lafreri. Only one example of what is now identified as the third state (the first finished state) was known to Boorsch and the Lewises. For the first state, see 1864-7-14-26. It is possible that Ghisi first published it himself, or perhaps in association with Bertani. The absence of any notice of it in Lafreri's stocklist of 1573 suggests that it was only acquired by the Roman print dealer after that date.
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- Exhibition history
2001/2 Sep-Jan, BM, P&D, The Print in Italy 1550-1620, cat.17
2002 Feb-Mar, New York, Mirian & Ira D Wallach AG, The Print in Italy
2002/3 Sep-Jan, Ottawa, NG of Canada, The Print in Italy 1550-1620
2003 Feb-Apr, Edinburgh, NG of Scotland, The Print in Italy 1550-1620
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