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The Holy Family, 1634
Etching after Parmigianino (Parma 1503 – 1540 Casal Maggiore)
305 x 230 mm.; 12 x 9 inches
Nagler Monogrammisten II, 1956
De Vesme 1 III
A strong and harmonious impression of this extremely rare work. The elegance and fluidity of the drawing technique, so evident in this work, as well the assured handling of this classical subject are excellent representations of the spirit and very soul of the Italian Renaissance. Nagler states that this work has been inspired by a work by Parmagianino. De Vesme, on the other hand, is not sure that the creator of this work was Bisi and also thought that the artist’s inspiration came rather from a work by Giorgio Vasari. Our description agrees with Nagler who assigns this work to Bisi after Parmigianino.
It is to be noted that Bisi was a Franciscan monk who was a student of Lucio Massari and, above all, was a miniaturist. He also was a “renaissance man” whose erudition won him the task of putting together the art collection of Duke Alfons IV of Modena.