The Entombment, after Jacopo Tintoretto
44 cm x 31.6 cm (17 5/16 in. x 12 7/16 in.)
Andrea Scacciati II
(1725 - 1771)
Medium and Support:
Etching with burnished aquatint and roulette, printed in green
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Faith and Dewayne Perry, 2008
This plate reproduces the lower part of an altarpiece, now in the National Gallery of Scotland, that Tintoretto created for the church of San Francesco della Vigna in Venice. It comes from a collection of etchings after important sixteenth-century Venetian paintings. Apart from this series, Scacciati’s activity is poorly documented and little known. Nonetheless, his use of aquatint is remarkable for the very early date—the technique had been invented in France just a few years earlier—and for the fluency with which it is employed to suggest painterly effects.