Wednesday, 20 February 2019
Dominique Vivant Denon’s etching, “The Raising of Lazarus”, c1792
Dominique Vivant Denon (aka Vivant De Non; Vivant Denon; Baron Dominique-Vivant Denon) (1747–1825)
“The Raising of Lazarus” (Résurrection de Lazare), c1792 (1780–1803), after the painting of the same composition by Guercino (aka Giovanni Francesco Barbieri) (1591–1666). The curator of the British Museum advises that “Denon's catalogue, 1803” shows that Guercino’s painting (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:The_Raising_of_Lazarus_-_Guercino_-_Louvre_INV_77#/media/File:Guercino_Res_Lazzaro_2.jpg) “was acquired by the Count of Angivillers for the King in 1785, and is now in the Musée du Louvre, Paris” (see BM no. 1869,0410.2306.+).
Etching with drypoint on heavy wove paper.
Size: (sheet) 44.5 x 47.9 cm; (plate) 31 x 33.7 cm; (image borderline) 28 x 32.6 cm
Inscribed on plate: (along the lower edge of Lazarus’ shroud) “Guercino Pinx De Non Scul”
Lifetime impression (before lettering for publication?)
TIB 12101.282 (Petra ten-Doesschate Chu 1985, “The Illustrated Bartsch: Dominique Vivant Dennon: French Masters of the Nineteenth Century”, vol. 121, Part 1, New York, Abaris Books, p, 282); IFF 145 (Inventaire du Fonds Français: Bibliothèque Nationale, Département des Estampes, Paris, 1930).
The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“The raising of Lazarus, after Guercino; Christ, standing on the left points at Lazarus, whose hands are being untied by a man …”
Condition: a superb, richly inked and faultless impression with wide margins in near pristine condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of handling).
I am selling this exceptionally rare and very beautiful impression—compare this impression to the copy held by the BM (“decorated with yellow wash and black borders”) which seems to be the only repository showcasing a copy—for the total cost of AU$257 (currently US$183.98/EUR161.99/GBP141.08 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries).
If you are interested in purchasing this near faultless impression exemplifying Denon’s magical ability to invest his portrayed subjects with the spirit of life, please contact me (email@example.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
This print has been sold