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Title

The Holy Virgin seated at the foot of a tree


Artist

Claude Mellan

France

1598 - 1688


About

Mellan spent the years between 1624 and 1636 in Rome, where he developed his distinctive engraving style. Contemporary connoisseurs particularly admired his technique of using parallel lines of varying direction and thickness rather than cross-hatching. This print is an example of Mellan's open, linear style, in which outlines are abandoned altogether.


Details


Media category

Print


Materials used

engraving


Dimensions

23.3 x 34.8 cm platemark; 23.5 x 35.2 cm shet


Signature & date

Signed l.r., [incised plate] "C.Mellan ...". Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Margaret Delmer 1985


Location

Not on display


Accession number

371.1985


Artist information

Claude Mellan

Works in the collection

9


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. 188

Nicholas Draffin, Piety and Paganism, Sydney, 1991, 14. no catalogue numbers

Peter Raissis, Le Grand Siècle, Sydney, 1997. no catalogue numbers