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    Sale 7644

    Old Master Prints

    2 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 9

    Jusepe de Ribera (circa 1591-1652) or Follower

    The Lamentation (B. 1; Brown 17)

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    Jusepe de Ribera (circa 1591-1652) or Follower
    The Lamentation (B. 1; Brown 17)
    etching, before 1624, a fine, rich impression of the second, final state, printing with many wiping marks and light tone, with small margins, a few tiny rustmarks, mainly visible verso, generally in very good condition
    P. 196 x 255 mm., S. 201 x 260 mm.

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    Brown considers this etching, which has traditionally been associated with Ribera's painting of the subject in the National Gallery, London, as the most problematic print attributed to the artist and states that 'until very recently, it was almost universally accepted as an authentic work.' Mainly on stylistic grounds, but also due to the compositional differences between the London painting and the etching, Brown himself does not consider the print to be by the artist himself, but by one of his pupils. It could however be argued that, if a pupil had made the print after the painting, he certainly would have copied his master's composition as closely as possible, rather than changed it.

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    P. Davidsohn (b. 1839 - ?), London, Vienna and Berlin (L. 654)