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Friday 26 February 2021

Orazio Borgianni’s etching, “David Killing Goliath”, 1615

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

“David Killing Goliath” (TIB title) (aka “David tue le géant Goliath”; “David Beheads Goliath”), 1615 (inscribed on plate), plate 42 from the series of 52 etchings after Raphael (1483–1520), “The Loggia Paintings” (TIB title) in the Vatican.

Etching on fine laid paper, trimmed around the plate mark with a thread margin and backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 16.5 x 19.5 cm.

Inscribed on plate within the image borderline: (lower-right corner) “1615 / [ligature monogram of artist]”

Numbered on plate: (lower-left corner) “42”.

State i (of i)

TIB 38 (17).42(319) (Walter L Strauss [ed.] 1979, “The Illustrated Bartsch”, vol. 38, New York, Abaris Books, p. 401, cat. no. 42 [319]); Bartsch XVII.319.42 (Adam Bartsch 1803–21, “Le Peintre graveur”, vol. 17, p. 319, cat. no. 42).

The Rijksmuseum offers the following description of this print:

(transl.) “Goliath is on the ground. David stands over him and lifts Goliath's sword over his head, ready to decapitate him. On the left, the Philistines flee, while Saul's soldiers give chase”


See also the description of this print offered by the British Museum:

Condition: a strong impression showing a slight movement in the printing process trimmed around the platemark and laid onto an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper. The sheet has restoration to the lower left corner, otherwise it is in an excellent condition for its considerable age.

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 who had passed away only 95 years before this print was created, for AU$257 (currently US$199.37/EUR164.50/GBP143.10 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 rare and very interesting Renaissance period print—note the artist’s somewhat crude attempt to create the illusion that the image is edged with a window-box frame by portraying light cast on it from the upper right—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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