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Saturday 10 July 2021

Domenico Cunego’s engraving, “Ozias", c1803, after Michelangelo

Domenico Cunego (1727­–1803)

Ozias", c1803, plate 3 in the series of 8 plates after Michelangelo’s (1475–1564) lunettes in the Sistine Chapel, after an intermediary drawing by Vincenzo Dolcibeni (aka Vincentius Dolcibene) (fl.1782–1807), published in Rome by Montagnani-Mirabili (aka Pietro Paolo Montagnani-Mirabili) (fl. 1785–1834) before publication in c1805 with the later addition of the plate number (“III”) and publication details for the Calcografia Romana (1738–1870), Rome.

Engraving on heavy laid paper trimmed within the platemark and backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 38.9 x 52.6 cm; (image borderline) 35.3 x 49.8 cm.

Lettered in plate within the image borderline: (upper left) “MICHAEL ANGELVS/ BONAROTIVS/ PINXIT”;  (upper right) “IN SIXTINO/ VATICANO/ SACELLO”; (lower centre) “OZIAS”.

Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) “Vincentius Dolcibene del.”; (centre) “PIO SEPTIMO PONT. OPT. MAX./  Venit Romae apud Montagnani-Mirabili ad Forum Pasquini"; (right) “Dom. Cunego sculp. Romae/ PETRVS PAVLVS MONTAGNANI-MIRABILI D.D.D.”

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:

“Ozias, after the fresco by Michelangelo in a lunette of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel”


See also the description of this print offered by BeWeB–Ecclesiastical Heritage:

Condition: a strong impression in excellent condition with no stains or foxing, trimmed within the platemark and laid upon an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper.

I am selling this huge engraving for AU$257 (currently US$192.47/EUR162/GBP138.45 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 superb engraving of Michelangelo’s fresco lunette showing the boy who will ultimately rule Judah until his sad demise when the Lord in anger struck him dead for what I understand was the irreverent act of touching the Ark of the Covenant in order to steady it during transportation after an oxen stumbled (2 Samuel 6), 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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