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Antique Engraving - Virgin Mary and Child Holding a Book - Bartolozzi - Guercino

Antique Engraving - Virgin Mary and Child Holding a Book - Bartolozzi - Guercino

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Magnificent copper engraving by Francesco Bartolozzi, ater Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (Guercino). Publishing in 1764 years, Italy. The sample is taken from the work "Original Paintings and Drawings of Guercino in the Collection of His Majesty."
The painting depicts the Virgin Mary holding the baby Jesus in her arms while she looks down at a book in her hands. The composition focuses on the intimate bond between the mother and child, symbolizing Mary's role as the mother of Christ. The vibrant colors and soft brushstrokes add a sense of tenderness and serenity to the scene. The book held by the Virgin Mary signifies her wisdom and role as the giver of knowledge. It can be interpreted as a symbol of the divine teachings embodied by Jesus. The inclusion of the book also emphasizes the significance of education and learning in Christian theology. Francesco Bartolozzi, an Italian engraver and printmaker, created this artwork as a reproduction of Guercino's original painting. His skillful technique in capturing the details and translating them into an engraving further enhances the beauty and depth of the artwork. Overall, "The Virgin and Child holds a book" portrays the timeless theme of motherly love and the importance of knowledge in the Christian faith, while showcasing the talents of both Guercino and Bartolozzi in their respective artistic fields.
Francesco Bartolozzi is an Italian draftsman, watercolor painter and engraver, the greatest master of etching, dotted style, in particular colored dotted line and pencil etching style. From 1764 he worked in
England, where he created a school of color reproduction engravings.
Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (1591 – 1666) better known as Guercino, was an Italian Baroque painter and draftsman from Cento in the Emilia region, who was active in Rome and Bologna. The vigorous naturalism of his early manner contrasts with the classical equilibrium of his later works. His many drawings are noted for their luminosity and lively style.

Dimensions: 22” x 14” inches / 57 cm x 37 cm

Technique: Engraving

Artist: Francesco Bartolozzi
After: Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (Guercino)
Place: Italy
*We provide a Certificate of Authenticity upon request. 

The work has wear, age-related discoloration, but is overall in good condition. As you age, you can expect to see a few minor blemishes, brown or blotchy markings. Please check the condition of the image carefully and contact us with any questions. The reverse side is blank. This is an original print and not a modern reproduction. You can find many more vintage designs and prints at dahlstromsfineart.

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