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Friday 6 November 2020

Orazio Borgianni’s etching, “Moses Striking the Rock”, 1615

Orazio Borgianni (aka Orazio Borgiani) (c1578–1616)

“Moses Striking the Rock” (TIB title) (“Moîse frappant le rocher, et en faisant sortir de l’eau” [Moses striking the rock, and bringing out the water] [Bartsch title]), 1615 (inscribed on plate), plate 32 from the series of 52 etchings after Raphael (1483–1520), “The Loggia Paintings” (TIB title) in the Vatican.

Etching on fine laid paper, trimmed around the plate mark and backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 17.2 x 19.2 cm.

Inscribed on plate within the image borderline: (lower-left corner) “1615 / [ligature monogram of artist]”

Numbered on plate: (lower-right corner) “32”.

Lifetime impression of the only state. (Note: attribution of this print to a lifetime impression is based on the quality of the lines showing minimal wear to the plate.)

TIB 38 (17).32(318) (Walter L Strauss [ed.] 1979, “The Illustrated Bartsch”, vol. 38, New York, Abaris Books, p. 391, cat. no. 32 [318]); Bartsch XVII.318.32 (Adam Bartsch 1803–21, “Le Peintre graveur”, vol. 17, p. 318, cat. no. 32).

The Rijksmuseum offers the following description of this print:

(transl.) “Moses knocks water out of a rock for the Israelites to drink. God floats above the rock.”


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

Condition: well-printed impression trimmed around the platemark and laid onto an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper. The sheet has a few nibbled edges, otherwise it is in an excellent condition with no tears, holes, folds, stains or foxing.

I am selling this superb etching executed in the last year of the artist’s life and based on the design of the legendary Raphael who had passed away only 95 years before this print was created, for AU$257 (currently US$187.06/EUR157.54/GBP142.29 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, 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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