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Title

The Holy Family with St Catherine, St John and an angel

1612-1616


Artist

Jacques Bellange

France

circa 1575 - 1616


About

Bellange was the first significant figure to practice etching in France, spending most of his career as court painter to the Dukes of Lorraine at Nancy. Only few paintings can be attributed to him but his Mannerist etchings have preserved his name for posterity. The figures in this group are attenuated in proportion and twisted in posture. St Catherine of Alexandria, dressed as an oriental princess, holds the spiked wheel of her martyrdom while gazing at the Christ Child. St John the Evangelist is shown with his attribute of a chalice with a small dragon emerging from it.


Details


Date

1612-1616


Media category

Print


Materials used

etching and engraving


Dimensions

26.6 x 18.5 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.c., [incised plate] "Bellange". Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1976


Location

Not on display


Accession number

225.1976


Artist information

Jacques Bellange

Works in the collection

2


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Nicholas Draffin, Piety and Paganism, Sydney, 1991, 13 (illus.). no catalogue numbers

Nicholas Draffin (Curator), The bitten image: European etchings from the collection, Sydney, 1980, 5. no catalogue numbers

Peter Raissis, Le Grand Siècle, Sydney, 1997, 2 (illus.), 3, 8. no catalogue numbers