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Tuesday 22 June 2021

Achille Jacquet’s engraving, “La Sainte Famille”, 1876, after Michelangelo

Achille Jacquet (1846-1908)

“La Sainte Famille” (aka “The Holy Family”; “Doni Tondo”; “Doni Madonna”), 1876, after Michelangelo’s 1506 painting, “Doni Tondo”, in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, printed by Charles Chardon aîné (fl. mid-1800s) and published in Paris in 1876 as an inserted sheet between pages 143 and 145 in the Gazette des Beaux Arts, vol. 38, (see

Interestingly, the Gazette des Beaux Arts advises that this engraving “[transl.] … is the first reproduction with a burin that has been made of this famous work”—Michelangelo’s “Doni Tondo” (p. 145).

Engraving with etching on chine collé on wove paper backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 27.3 x 17.8 cm; (chine collé) 20.3 x 15.3 cm; (image borderline dia.) 14.3 cm.

Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) “MICHEL ANGE PINX./ Gazette des Beaux-Arts.”; (centre) “LA SAINTE FAMILLE/ MUSÉE DES OFFICES”; (right) “ACHILLE JACQUET SC./ Imp Ch. Chardon anné, Paris”.

Beraldi 5 (Henri Béraldi 1889, “Les Graveurs du XIXe Siècle: Guide de l'Amateur d'Estampes Modernes: Guérin–Lacoste”, vol. VIII, Paris, Librairie L. Conquet, p. 218, cat. no. 5 []).

Condition: a well-printed impression in excellent condition with no tears, holes, folds, significant stains (there is a dot stain on the Virgin’s right eye) or foxing, laid upon a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.

I am selling this marvellous jewel of nineteenth century engraving published as the first copy every made of Michelangelo’s famous tondo painting of the Holy Family, for the total cost of AU$233 (currently US$174.96/EUR147.03/GBP126.09 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 exceptionally beautiful and rare engraving—mindful that it is not held in any of the major museum repositories—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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