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The Prophet Joel, after Michelangelo

early 1570's
16th century
25 cm x 40 cm (9 13/16 in. x 15 3/4 in.)

Giorgio Ghisi (Mantua, Italy, 1520 - 1582, Mantua, Italy) Primary

Object Type: print
Artist Nationality: Europe, Italian
Medium and Support: Engraving
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002
Accession Number: 2002.1743

Ghisi’s engravings invest the grand design of mid-century Italian printmaking with the meticulous craft of Northern production. His rendering of six pendentives in the Sistine Ceiling, although likely an incomplete project, was the first substantial and worthy reproduction of Michelangelo's great invention. Each consists of two plates, which in the earliest impressions were printed on separate sheets, then trimmed and joined. This impression, from the top plate of one, is an extremely rare proof before the engraving was finished, therefore a fascinating demonstration of working method.

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