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Wednesday 10 March 2021

Jules Jacquemart’s etching, “Moses”, 1875, after Michelangelo

Jules Jacquemart (aka Jules Ferdinand Jacquemart) (1837–1880)

“Moses” (aka “Moïse, Sculpture de Michel-Ange” [title on plate]), 1875, after Michelangelo Buonarroti’s (1475–1564) famous sculpture, “Moses”, in the church of San Pietro in Vincoli in Rome, printed by François Liénard (fl.c1860s–1880s), published in January 1876 in the periodical “Gazette des Beaux-Arts” in Paris.

Etching with pale plate tone on laid paper with watermark with full margins as published.

Size: (sheet) 28 × 20.8 cm; (plate) 23.6 × 15.6 cm; (image borderline) 20.9 x 14.4 cm.

Inscribed on plate within the image borderline: (lower right) "Jules Jacquemart."

Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) “Gazette des Beaux-Arts”; (centre) “MOÏSE,/ Sculpture de Michel Ange.”; (right) “Fçois Liénard.Imp.Paris.”

IFF 41 (Jean Adhémar & Jacques Lethève 1954, “Inventaire du Fonds Francais Apres 1800”, Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, p. 143, cat. no. 41) Beraldi 317 (Henri Béraldi 1885–1892, “Les Graveurs du XIXe Siècle: Guide de l'Amateur d'Estampes Modernes”, vol. VIII, Paris, Librairie L Conquet, p. 209, cat. no. 317); Gonse 317 (Louis Gonse "Gazette des beaux-arts" Salon de 1874 (2e article). 2nd ser., 10, July 1874, p. 480, cat. no. 317).

The British Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art offer descriptions of this print:;

Condition: a well-printed near faultless impression with full margins and binding crease (flattened) on left in pristine condition.

I am selling this remarkably fine etching after Michelangelo’s famous sculpture—shamefully I must point out that Jacquemart has included the crack/creaseline in his rendering of Moses’ knee where a crazy tale has persisted that Michelangelo struck his sculpture with his mallet and told the sculpture to live …(sigh) a good story should never die!—for AU$215 in total (currently US$165.40/EUR139.07/GBP119.15 at the time of posting this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.

If you are interested in purchasing this sensitively executed rendering of Michelangelo’s “Moses”—note how this master etcher has not only captured the spirit that makes Michelangelo’s sculpture so full of life, but has also made real the physical substance of the marble itself in terms of its polished sheen, texture and solidity—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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