About This Artwork

Annibale Carracci
Italian, 1560-1609

Madonna and Child with Saints Elizabeth and John the Baptist, 1606

Engraving and etching in black on ivory laid paper
125 x 162 mm (image/plate); 135 x 169 mm (sheet)

Restricted gift of the Woman’s Board in memory of Louise Bross, 2016.374

Annibale Carracci was a vibrantly naturalistic painter, a draftsman, and the founder of an artist’s school. This luminous print represents the culmination of the 20 religious intaglio works engraved by the artist. Carracci created the work during a period at the end of his career in Rome marked by self-doubt, and the scene reflects his increasingly personal devotion. As here, the figural groupings in his last prints became increasingly monumental, even as he adopted a more intimate scale.

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