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An image of The Holy Virgin seated at the foot of a tree by Claude Mellan

Claude Mellan

(France 1598 – 1688)

Title
The Holy Virgin seated at the foot of a tree
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
Accession number
371.1985
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (3)

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

Exhibition history (4)

Five years on: a selection of acquisitions 1981-1986, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 26 Sep 1986–23 Nov 1986

Piety and Paganism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Jul 1991–29 Sep 1991

Le Grand Siècle, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 16 Jun 1997–17 Jul 1997

Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006