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Thursday, 20 February 2020

Andrea Zucchi's engraving, “Virginity”, c.1710–24, after Giovanni Battista Tiepolo’s drawing after Corradini’s sculpture


Andrea Zucchi (1679–1740)

“Virginity” (aka “Allegory of Chastity”), c.1710–24, after a drawing by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (aka Giambattista Tiepolo) (1696–1770) of the marble sculpture, “Virginity” (1722–23), by Antonio Corradini (1688–1752), located with the altar of the guild of the “Scuola grande dei Carmini” in the Church of Santa Maria dei Carmini (Venice), published with privilege in Venice with dedication by Zucchi to the art collector, Zaccaria Sagredo (1653–1729).

Engraving with etching printed in sepia coloured ink on laid paper with small margins backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 36.2 x 21.9 cm; (plate) 34.7 x 20.7 cm; (outer image borderline) 34.7 x 20.3 cm.
Lettered on plate within the image borderline along the lower edge: (centre) “A sua Ecc. il Sig. ZACCARIA SAGREDO, che con nobiltà, autorità, beneficenza fauorisce e promuoue/ le belle arti, questo simolacro della VIRGINITÀ, scolpito da Antonio Corradini, a ornamento del tempio e altare/ della B.M.V. del Carmine in Venezia, a perpetua memoria di suo umilissimo ossequio, dona e consacra l'intagliatore/ Andrea Zucchi." (To his Exc. Mr. ZACCARIA SAGREDO, who with nobility, authority, charity favours and promotes fine arts, this simolacrum of VIRGINITY, sculpted by Antonio Corradini, to adorn the temple and altar of the BMV of the Carmine in Venice, in perpetual memory of his humble respect, donates and consecrates the engraver Andrea Zucchi.); (left) “Gio: Batt: Tiepolo del.”
Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (centre) “Sopra il ponte de Bareteri, con Priuilegio.”

See the description of this print offered by the bookshop: Libreria Emiliana (Italy):

See also Matej Klemenčič’s essay that offers insight about this print in “Modern Venetian Sheet Impressions after Contemporary Sculpture: Questions of Form and Function” (pp. 108–09):

Condition: well-printed impression with small margins. There are minor abrasions, tears, stains and losses (e.g. there is a worm-hole above the lower cloud at left and losses to the lower right margin). The sheet is laid upon a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.

I am selling this very rare engraving after a drawing by Tiepolo exemplifying this master’s ability to give an aura of grandeur to a portrayed subject—note the low viewpoint and the slightly backward lean to the marble sculpture to give the impression of otherworldly spiritual transcendence—for AU$438 in total (currently US$290.23/EUR268.72/GBP225.31 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 engraving executed with exceptional sensitivity in the glorious Venetian Baroque period style, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.












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