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The Celebration of High Mass

A work made of etching and acquatint in brown and green on cream wove paper.
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  • A work made of etching and acquatint in brown and green on cream wove paper.

Date:

c. 1776

Artist:

Maria Katharina Prestel (German, 1747-1794)
after Jacopo Vignali (Italian, 1592-1664)

About this artwork

Working with her husband, Johann Gottlieb Prestel (1739–1808), Maria Prestel created the Schmidt’sches Kabinett (Schmidt’s Art Cabinet), a compilation of prints reproducing works owned by the collector Gerhard Joachim Schmidt (1742–1801). Prestel combined etching and aquatint, replicating Jacopo Vignali’s original pen-and-wash drawings. The highlights suggest wispy rays of light, or haloes, which radiate from the monks’ tonsured heads. In the lower-left corner is an incense burner, perhaps held by a monk just out of sight, who is participating in the Mass.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Maria Katharina Prestel

Title

The Celebration of High Mass

Place

Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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1771–1781

Medium

Etching and acquatint in brown and green on cream wove paper

Dimensions

Image/plate: 32.8 × 23.7 cm (12 15/16 × 9 3/8 in.); Sheet: 41.7 × 31.2 cm (16 7/16 × 12 5/16 in.)

Credit Line

The Wallace L. DeWolf and Joseph Brooks Fair Collections

Reference Number

1920.2393

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