Christ of Caprarola

A work made of etching, with engraving and drypoint, on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching, with engraving and drypoint, on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1597

Artist:

Annibale Carracci
Italian, 1560-1609

About this artwork

Although not found in the canonical gospels, the Lamentation over the dead body of Christ was a popular subject in Catholic Italy during the 16th century. Annibale Carracci himself painted it no less than six times. This print, which marks his return to printmaking after a brief hiatus, signals a mature use of the medium of etching to give immediacy to a familiar theme. By employing an unusually fine etching tool as well as the drypoint technique, the artist produced shimmering lines that emphasize the mood of agitated mourning. The title refers to the small city of Caprarola, 50 miles from Rome, where Carracci executed and signed the print.

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Artist

Annibale Carracci

Title

Christ of Caprarola

Origin

Italy

Date

1597

Medium

Etching, with engraving and drypoint, on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

124 × 160 mm

Credit Line

The Charles Deering Collection

Reference Number

1927.2453

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