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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.


c. 1776


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.


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Maria Katharina Prestel


The Celebration of High Mass


Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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Etching and acquatint in brown and green on cream wove paper


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.)

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The Wallace L. DeWolf and Joseph Brooks Fair Collections

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