Sunday, 21 October 2018
Pietro Savorelli’s engraving, "Zorobabel", c1805, after Michelangelo
Pietro Savorelli (c1765–1805)
"Zorobabel", c1805, after the fresco lunette by Michelangelo in the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, second plate from the series of eight engravings of the lunettes, published in Rome (c1805) by the Calcografia Romana (1738–1870) as part of a long series on the Sistine vault.
Engraving on heavy wove paper with full margins and the dry/blind stamp/seal of the Calcografia Romana press on the plate mark at lower right as published.
Size: (sheet) 54.5 x 72 cm; (plate) 39.5 x 52.6 cm; (image borderline) 34.3 x 48.5 cm.
Numbered on plate above the image borderline: (centre) “II”.
Lettered on plate within the image: (upper left) “'MICHAEL ANGELVS BONAROTIUS PINXIT”; (upper right) “IN SIXTINO VATICANO SACELLO”; (lower centre) “ZOROBABEL".
Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (centre) “PIO SEPTIMO PONT. OPT. MAX./ Roma Presso la Calcografia Camerale”; (right) “Petrus Savorelli del. et sculp. Romae”.
The British Museum offers a description of this print: http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=3223681&partId=1&searchText=Pietro+Savorelli&page=1
Condition: richly inked and well-printed impression with full margins as published in near faultless condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains or foxing).
I am selling this huge engraving in near pristine condition for AU$210 (currently US$149.54/EUR129.65/GBP114.59 at the time of this listing). Postage for this print is extra and will be the actual/true cost of shipping.
If you are interested in purchasing this masterwork of engraving in museum quality condition, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
For those wondering about the significance of the prophet named Zorobabel featured in this lunette, according to Wikipedia, he “was a governor of the Persian Province of Judah (Yehud Medinata)” and “laid the foundation of the Second Temple in Jerusalem” (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zerubbabel). As a prophet, Zorobabel, had divine guidance from “the Lord of Hosts” who advised him (according to the Hebrew Bible in “The Prophecy of Haggai”): “I will take you Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel, my servant, and wear you like a signet ring; for it is you whom I have chosen” (Haggai 2:23–2:23). Essentially, Zorobabel’s mission was to rebuild the Second Temple following the Lord’s command without deviation.