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Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata

A work made of etching on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching on cream laid paper.


c. 1581


Federico Barocci
Italian, 1526/28-1612

About this artwork

A painter and skilled engraver, Federico Barocci was an experimental etcher. Here he explored the effects of light and shade by sequentially stopping out sections of the plate with a wax resist while immersing it in acid. The areas protected by the resist were not etched, while the parts that were exposed to the acid throughout the entire process were etched with dark, thick lines. The suggestive, hallucinatory effect of the resulting print dramatizes the saint’s moment of revelation, as the details of the terrestrial world fade into the pale background.


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Prints and Drawings


Federico Barocci


Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata


Italy (Artist's nationality:)

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Etching on cream laid paper


Plate: 23 × 14.7 cm (9 1/16 × 5 13/16 in.); Sheet: 23.3 × 15 cm (9 3/16 × 5 15/16 in.)

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Joseph Brooks Fair Fund

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