|Dimensions||Image and plate 330 x 490 mm, Sheet 342 x 500|
A rare counter proof of d'Agnelli's engraving of the exterior of the Duomo in Milan, depicting the cathedral before the finished facade. This unusual printing was taken from a still wet impression of d'Agnelli's original resulting in the image and inscription below being printed in reverse.
Inscription to bottom margin: "Vero disegno delle parti ... si vede dal disegno".
Although the original print is currently generally attributed to Federico Agnelli, the appearance of the madonnini or the small statue of the Virgin Mary at the top of the large spire, which was only added in 1762, places this print at a later date and makes an attribution to Bartolomeo d'Agnelli more probable.
Bartolomeo d'Agnelli was an Italian copper engraver, and part of a family of typographers and printmakers. Very little is known about his life and work, and he is therefore often confused with his ancestor with the same name, who was active around 1625.
Condition: Slight overall time toning and dirt built-up. Vertical centre fold. Trimmed close to plate.