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An image of Deposition by attrib. Andrea Mantegna

attrib. Andrea Mantegna

(Italy 1431 – 1506)

Title
Deposition
Other titles:
The descent from the cross
Year
circa 1465
Media category
Print
Materials used
engraving
Dimensions

42.5 x 35.2 cm image/sheet (irreg.)

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1940
Accession number
8512
Location
Not on display
Further information

For most of the 20th century this engraving was catalogued as School of Mantegna, but recent scholarship has argued for its attribution to the master, thus bringing the canon of his autograph prints to eleven. It is now thought to be one of the very first that Mantegna produced. The clouds and the shading of the branches are believed to have been added in the 16th century after the plate had left the artist’s workshop. The strength of the image in this impression is diminished by its poor condition.

Bibliography (1)

Nicholas Draffin, Piety and Paganism, Sydney, 1991, 8.

Exhibition history (2)

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

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