Thursday, 6 October 2016
Ferdinand Gaillard’s engraving of Michelangelo’s “Dusk” from the Tomb of Lorenzo di Piero de’ Medici
Ferdinand Gaillard (aka Claude Ferdinand Gaillard) (1834-87)
“Crepuscule” (dusk), 1876
The subject of this delicate engraving is Michelangelo’s famous marble figure of “Dusk” featured on the Tomb of Lorenzo di Piero de’ Medici in the Medici Chapel.
Engraving on vellum
Size: (sheet) 19.9 x 27.9 cm
An early proof before lettering
Condition: an incredibly delicate impression—so finely executed that, without examining the print with the aid of a jeweller’s loupe, I struggle to see how it was engraved—with wide margins in near pristine condition and printed as a proof on the rare material for engraving: vellum. There are pencil notations by a previous collector on the lower edge of the sheet (recto).
I am selling this technically superb print by a master from the 19th century for a total cost of AU$115 (currently US$87.23/EUR77.95/GBP68.55 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.
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This print has been sold
This is one of those tiny prints that I wonder how it was ever crafted. Looking through a jeweller’s loupe I can see the ultra-fine engraved lines rendering the figure of Michelangelo’s famous sculpture, “Dusk”, featured on the Tomb of Lorenzo di Piero de’ Medici in the Medici Chapel, but I simply cannot understand how a craftsman could have the steadiness of hand and clarity of vision to execute the image.
Regarding the use of vellum (i.e. the skin of a hair bearing animal, like a cow, as opposed to a fur bearing animal like a sheep), this is a rare material for printmakers to choose for their prints as it is expensive. When looking at this proof impression, however, I can understand the reason: Gaillard needed the fine grain of the skin to capture each of his tiny engraved lines.