Dead Christ held by an Angel
engraving, 1568, on laid paper, with a partial, undistinct watermark, a very good impression of this extremely rare print, lacking the decorative border with the instruments of the Passion
Sheet 312 x 193 mm.
Reverend J. Burleigh James (mid 19th Century), Shropshire, England (Lugt 1425).
Fountaine Walker (1833-1892), Inverness, Scotland (Lugt 2545).
Dr. Ture Lundh (20th century), Bergen, Norway (not in Lugt).
Christie's, London, 27 June 1984, lot 556.
Eric G. Stanley (1923-2018), Oxford; acquired at the above sale (through Artemis Fine Arts, London).
Nagler 8
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This rare print made by Mario Cartaro, engraver, publisher and dealer from Viterbo and mostly active in Rome, is undescribed by Bartsch but listed in Nagler's Monogrammisten(8) as after Federico Zuccari. A recurring motif of Federico and his brother Taddeo's production, the Dead Christ held by Archangels is the subject of a painting in Galleria Borghese, Rome (inv. no. 398), which shows the body of Christ in a similar pose. A red chalk drawing at the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven (inv. no. 1972.94), appears to be the exact model for the engraving. It is dated circa 1563, at the time when Zuccari was working in Venice. The purpose of this sketch has not been determined but it may have been intended as a model for this print, possibly for a Venetian print publisher such as Ferrando Bertelli, with whom Cartaro was collaborating at the time.
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