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Thursday 9 April 2020

Orazio Borgianni’s etching, “The Crossing of the Red Sea”, 1615

Orazio Borgianni (aka Orazio Borgiani) (c1578–1616)

“The Crossing of the Red Sea” (TIB title) (“Le passage des Israëlites au Travers de la mer rouge” [Bartsch title]), 1615 (inscribed on plate), plate 31 from the series of 52 plates after Raphael, “The Loggia Paintings” (Bartsch title).

Etching on laid paper trimmed with chipped losses around the platemark edge and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 17 x 21.1 cm; (inner image borderline) 16 x 20.1 cm.
Inscribed on plate within the image borderline: (lower right corner) “1615 / [artist’s monogram]”.
Numbered on plate outside the image borderline: (lower left) “31”.

Lifetime impression of the only state. Note: attribution of this print to a lifetime impression is based on the line quality of the impression showing minimal wear to the plate
(cf. with the impression held by the Rijksmuseum [RP-P-OB-35.440]).

TIB 38 (17).29(319) (Sebastian Buffa [ed.] 1979, “The Illustrated Bartsch: Italian Artists of the Sixteenth Century”, vol. 38, p. 390, cat. no. 31 [318]); Bartsch XVII.318.31

The Rijksmuseum offers the following description of this print:
(transl.) “In the foreground to the right is a group of Israelites who have safely crossed the Red Sea with the help of Moses. Moses stretches out his arm and lets the water of the sea flow back, drowning Pharaoh's army. In the background to the left drowning soldiers, horses and camels”

See also the description of this print at the British Museum:

Condition: strong impression, showing no sign of wear to the printing plate, laid upon a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. There are chipped losses around the edges and corners of the sheet. The sheet has no significant stains or foxing but it shows appropriate minor age-toning.

I am selling this superb etching executed in the last year of the artist’s life and based on the design of the legendary Raphael (1483–1520) who had passed away only 95 years before this print was created, for AU$257 (currently US$162.73/EUR148.87/GBP130.57 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 rare late Renaissance period print, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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