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Friday 2 October 2020

Giuseppe Camerata’s etching, “Parable of the Lost Coin”, c1750, after Domenico Feti

Giuseppe Camerata (1718–1803)

“Parable of the Lost Coin”, c1750, after the painting (c1618) of the same composition (see by Domenico Feti (aka Domenico Fetti) (1589–1623), plate 29 from the series, “Recueil d'estampes d'après les plus célèbres tableaux de la Galerie Royale de Dresde”, published in the first edition (1753).

Etching with engraving on laid paper with a small margin around the platemark.

Size: (sheet) 43.6 x 31.6 cm; (plate) 42 x 30.8cm; (image borderline) 36.2 x 28.6 cm

Lettered on plate below the image borderline with Italian and French version of the text separated by the engraved seal of the Dresden Gallery: (left) “Quadro di Domenico Feti/ di Mantova/ cavato dalla Galleria Reale di Dresda/ Alto pied: 1. onc: 11 1/2 Largo pied: 1. onc: 6. 1/2.”; (right) “J. Camerata del: et sculps./ Tableau de Dominique Feti/ de Mantoue/ de la Galerie Royale de Dresde./ Haut 1. pieds 11.1/2 pouc: Large 1. pi: 6 1/2 pouc:/ 29.”

State i (of ii?) from the first published edition printed on laid paper in 1753 before additional publication details are added at lower left.

Nagler 1.

Ref: Karl Woermann 1899, “Catalogue of The Royal Picture Gallery in Dresden”, Dresden, Wilhelm Hoffmann's Fine Art Works, p 317.

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:

“The parable of the lost coin, with a stooping woman searching the floor of a high room by the light of a lamp, after Fetti. c.1750/57 Etching and engraving” (

For those who are unfamiliar with the “Parable of the Lost Coin”, the following verses from Luke 15:8–10 (New International Version) may be helpful:

8  "Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Won't she light a lamp and sweep the entire house and search carefully until she finds it?

9  “And when she finds it, she will call in her friends and neighbors and say, 'Rejoice with me because I have found my lost coin.'”

10  “In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God's angels when even one sinner repents."

To give an insight into the importance of the silver coins (Greek drachmas) in the time of Jesus, I understand that each was worth the equivalent of a day’s wage (see 

Condition: well-printed impression showing no sign of wear to the printing plate with a narrow margin around the platemark. There is a faint stain at the lower edge otherwise the sheet is in an excellent condition with no tears, holes, folds, losses, abrasions or foxing.

I am selling this large and finely executed etching with dramatic lighting for AU$291 (currently US$208.21/EUR177.48/GBP123.69 at the time of posting this print) 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 quietly beautiful etching, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

Note that this is a second copy of this etching that I have listed. The earlier copy has been sold.

This print has been sold

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