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Title

The Prophet Joel

early 1570s


Artists

Giorgio Ghisi

Italy

1520 - 1582

after Michelangelo Buonarotti

Italy

1475 -


About

This series of prophets and sybils reproduces six of the twelve figures in the pendentives at the lower edges of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512. The date of 1540 which appears on some of the prints is almost certainly incorrect. At this date Ghisi’s engraving style had not developed to the level evident in these prints. Also, the publisher of the engravings, Nicolò van Aelst, was not active until the 1570s. The false dating may therefore have to do with rivalry among publishers and the desire to add value to the prints by claiming that they were the earliest to be made after the Sistine ceiling.


Details


Date

early 1570s


Media category

Print


Materials used

engraving


Edition

4/5


Dimensions

55.6 x 42.0 cm sheet (irreg.)


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Margaret Delmer 1985


Location

Not on display


Accession number

232.1985


Artist information

Giorgio Ghisi

Works in the collection

8

Artist information

after Michelangelo Buonarotti

Works in the collection

7


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Five years on: a selection of acquisitions 1981-1986, Sydney, 1986. cat.no. 179

Nicholas Draffin, Piety and Paganism, Sydney, 1991, 7. no catalogue numbers

Peter Raissis, Mantegna to Piranesi - Italian old master prints from the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1998, 8. no catalogue numbers