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Friday 21 December 2018

Orazio Borgianni's etching, “Eleazer and Joshua dividing the Promised Land among the Twelve Tribes”, 1615, after Raphael

Orazio Borgianni (aka Orazio Borgiani) (c.1578–1616)

“Eleazer and Joshua dividing the Promised Land among the Twelve Tribes” (“Le grand-prêtre Eléazar et Josué faisant le partage de la terre promise aux douze tribus”), 1615, plate 40 from the series of 52 plates after Raphael, “The Loggia Paintings” (Bartsch title).

Etching on fine laid paper trimmed with a small margin around the image borderline and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 16.5 x 19.6 cm; (image borderline) 16 x 18.9 cm.
Inscribed on plate within the image borderline: (lower left) “1615/ [artist’s monogram]”; (lower right) "40".

Bartsch XVII.319.40; TIB 38 (17).40 (319) (Walter L Strauss Ed. 1979, “The Illustrated Bartsch”, vol. 38, p. 399).

The Rijksmuseum offers the following description of this print:
(transl.) “Eleazar and Joshua are under a canopy. For them are the leaders of the twelve tribes of Israel. They discuss the distribution of the Promised Land. In the foreground is a naked boy near a jug.”

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

Condition: crisp, well-printed impression showing minimal wear to the plate. The sheet is in excellent condition for its age (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains or foxing), trimmed along the plate mark (or near the image borderline with a small margin) and backed with a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.

I am selling this graphically strong etching executed in the last year of the artist’s life and based on the design of the legendary Raphael (1483–1520) who had passed away only 95 years before this print was created, for AU$257 (currently US$182.68/EUR159.39/GBP144.01 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 rare Renaissance period print with its marvellous freely laid strokes describing the distant landscape, 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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