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Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Pietro Savorelli’s engraving, "Ezechias", c1800, after Michelangelo

Pietro Savorelli (c1765–1805)

"Ezechias" (aka “Hezekiah”), c1800, after the fresco lunette by Michelangelo (aka Michelangelo Buonarroti) (1475–1564) on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, from the series of eight engravings of the lunettes, initially published in Rome (c1800) by Pietro Paolo Montagnani (aka Pietro Paolo Montagnani-Mirabili) (fl.c.1800–1820?) and later numbered (“XI”) and published by the Calcografia Romana (1738–1870) as part of a long series showing details of the Sistine vault with Latin dedication to pope Pius VII. This impression is from the Montagnani edition.

Engraving on heavy wove paper trimmed along the platemark.

Size: (sheet) 40.3 x 53.6 cm; (image borderline) 35.4 x 49.5 cm.

Lettered on plate within the image: (upper left) “'MICHAEL ANGELVS/ BONAROTIVS/ PINXIT”; (upper right) “IN SIXTINO/ VATICANO/ SACELLO”; (lower centre) “EZECHIAS".

Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (centre) “PIO SEPTIMO PONT. OPT. MAX./ Venit Romae apud Montagnani-Mirabili ad Forum Paiquini”; (right) “Petrus Savorelli del. et sculp. Romae/ PETRVS PAVLVS MONTAGNANI-MIRABILI D.D.D.”

The British Museum offers a description of this print: https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_1873-1213-276.

Condition: richly inked and well-printed impression trimmed along the platemark. Beyond thinness at the upper left and right corners the sheet is in superb condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains or foxing.

Note that I have previously listed another engraving, “Zorobabel”, by Pietro Savorelli from the same series and currently it is still available: https://www.printsandprinciples.com/2018/10/pietro-savorellis-engraving-zorobabel.html.

For those who may be unfamiliar with the portrayed subject, Ezechias or Hezekiah (c739–687 BC), he was a Judean king and the following extract from Wikipedia may be helpful:

“Hezekiah enacted sweeping religious reforms, including a strict mandate for the sole worship of Yahweh and a prohibition on venerating other deities within the Temple of Jerusalem” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hezekiah).

I am selling this huge engraving in museum quality condition for AU$272 (currently US$194.09/EUR163.98/GBP148.88 at the time of this listing) including Express Mail (EMS) 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 masterwork of engraving, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.











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