|Artist||Francesco Bartolozzi after Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione|
|Published||1765 [1817 impression]|
|Dimensions||Image 272 x 406 mm, Plate 318 x 465 mm, Sheet 485 x 615 mm|
The Biblical figure Noah, has safely weathered the storm in his ark, and after landing, builds an altar for God and sacrifices several animals. Noah is depicted standing upright with open arms, facing God who has appeared above, accompanied by two angels. Below a lamb who's throat has been cut, is being held by a kneeling man, while to the left a donkey is being led to the altar.
Francesco Bartolozzi (1727-1815) was an Italian engraver. The son of a goldsmith, Bartolozzi studied painting in Florence, trained as an engraver in Venice and began his career in Rome. In 1763 Richard Dalton, art dealer and librarian to George III, met him and invited him to London, promising him a post as engraver to the king. Bartolozzi moved to London the following year, and remained for thirty-five years. He executed numerous engravings for the King. He also made many engravings of paintings by Italian masters and by his friend, the painter Giovanni Cipriani. In 1768 Bartolozzi was the only engraver to become a founder member of the Royal Academy of Arts. He moved to Lisbon in 1802 as director of the National Academy.
Giovanni Bendetto Castiglione (1609-1664) was an Italian painter, draftsman and printmaker from Genoa. He studied under Giovanni Battista Paggi, moved between Rome and Genoa, also working for the court in Napels, and dividing his time between Genoa, venice, Parma and Mantua later in life. Castiglione was one of the first printmakers to create monotypes in the 1640's.
Condition: Good impression with full margins. Creasing and tearing to edges of sheet, not affecting image.