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Evil

A work made of engraving on ivory china paper, laid down on ivory laid paper (chine collé).
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  • A work made of engraving on ivory china paper, laid down on ivory laid paper (chine collé).

Date:

published September 2, 1816

Artist:

William Sharp (English, 1748-1824)
after Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475-1564)

About this artwork

Sharp transcended Le Brun’s codified expressions of fear and hate when he reproduced the unhinged expression of Michelangelo’s ultimate fiend. Despite the figure’s inhuman screams, Sharp suggested the wicked would not prevail forever, for, according to Psalm 37 (cited on the print’s final state): “The wicked plot against the righteous; and gnash their teeth at them; but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming.”

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

William Sharp

Title

Evil

Place

England (Artist's nationality:)

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Published 1816

Medium

Engraving on ivory China paper, laid down on ivory laid paper (chine collé)

Dimensions

Image: 30.9 × 22.3 cm (12 3/16 × 8 13/16 in.); Plate: 36.7 × 24.7 cm (14 1/2 × 9 3/4 in.); Primary support: 35.8 × 23.7 cm (14 1/8 × 9 3/8 in.); Secondary support: 43.5 × 30.6 cm (17 3/16 × 12 1/16 in.)

Credit Line

Elizabeth Hammond Stickney Collection

Reference Number

1887.289

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