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The Annunciation by Francesco Mazzola (Parmigianino)

The Annunciation by Francesco Mazzola (Parmigianino)

Stanza del Borgo (IFPDA)



Edition Size: -

Sheet Size: 10,7 x 6,5 cm

Reference: Bartsch, vol. XVI, p. 6. n. 2, I/II; The Ill. Bartsch, vol. 32, p. 9, n. 2; Reed-Wallace, 1989, p. 12, n. 6 I/II; A. Gnann, 2007, p. 45, n. 7 I/II


Condition: Pristine

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Fine impression of the first state of two before the retouches on the banister and on the left wing of the dove; with the subject shining through the verso; printed with tone and traces of ink on the platemark, and with an harmonious contrast of lights, characteristic of the early pulls.

In very good condition, with thin margins on three sides, trimmed to the platemark at the bottom. Minor traces of old mounting on the verso.

Parmigianino does not follow the traditional iconography of the subject, with the Angel announcing to the Virgin, but represents her in a intimate dialogue with the dove, symbol of the Holy Spirit.

J. Wilde ‘Die Anfänge der italienischen Radierung’, Wien, 1918; p. 31; Fröhlich-Bum
‘Parmigianino und der Manierismus’, Wien, 1921, fig. 69; Copertini, ‘Il Parmigianino’,
2 vol. Parma,1932, vol. II, p. 23, fig. CXIV a; Quintavalle, ‘Il Parmigianino’,
Milan,1948, p. 76; K. Oberhuber ‘Parmigianino und sein Kreis’, Wien, 1963, p. 35;
Fagiolo Dell’Arco ‘Il Parmigianino, un saggio sull’ermetismo nel Cinquecento’, Rome,
1970, p. 281; Zerner ‘The Illustrated Bartsch: Italian artists of the sixteenth century.
School of Fontainebleau’  New York, 1979,Vol. 32, p. 9, n. 2; P. Emison ‘Invention and
the Italian Renaissance Print, Mantegna to Parmigianino’, Columbia University, 1985,
p. 235; H. Braham ‘Parmigianino’, exh. cat., Courtauld Institute, London,1987, n. 39; S. W.
Reed ‘Italian Etchers of the Renaissance-Baroque’, Boston, 1989, nn. 6,7; A. Gnann, ‘Roma e lo stile classico di Raffaello’, Mantova – Wien, n. 247; H. Chapman in Lucia

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