Giulio Bonasone Engraving of Moses after Caravaggio | 1546
Here we have an super rare engraving by Giulio De Antonio Bonasone from 1546. The 16th century print combines two Biblical scenes. Moses ordering the Israelites to collect the Manna, and Moses striking the rock to produce the water that will quench the their thirst during the journey through the desert. The image is based on a painting by Polidoro da Caravaggio.
The execution is a virtuoso, and the rare piece is almost 500 years old. Unreal. I can only find the piece in a few museums.
Here is the intro biography of Bonasone from Wikipedia:
Giulio Bonasone (c. 1498 – after 1574) (or Giulio de Antonio Buonasone or Julio Bonoso) was an Italian painter and engraver born in Bologna. He possibly studied painting under Lorenzo Sabbatini, and painted a Purgatory for the church of San Stefano, but all his paintings have been lost. He is better known as an engraver and is believed to have trained with Marcantonio Raimondi. He worked mainly in Mantua, Rome and Venice and with great success, producing etchings and engravings after the old masters and his own designs.
He has been regarded an engraver with extraordinary skills in reproducing, as he could accurately convey the sources' compositions, colours, and essence. Moreover, he expressed his understanding about the controversies about religion and culture in his time through his prints. He is considered among the most important and productive engravers of the sixteenth century.
The rare Bonasone engraving is mounted on a thick piece of paper. The entire piece measures 15 1/2" wide and 10 3/4" tall. The actual engraving measures 13 1/2" wide and 9 1/4" tall. The rare print has condition issues. There is foxing throughout. 3 of the 4 corners have been cut. There is a 3/4" tear at the top center of the print.And yet, the image is still there, shining through it all. Please see all pics as they are part of the description.
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There is nothing like holding a piece of rare art from the 1500s. It's a history lesson that never ends.