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The Last Judgment. 1650. (Sheet L.)

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The Last Judgment. 1650. (Sheet L.)

Afer the fresco of Michelangelo. 1536–1541.

Engraving. Ca. 1200 x 1074 (overall).

Composition from ten prints of irregular shape that are connected in the form of mosaic (puzzles). Engravings are marked with capital letters from "A" to "L" (letters "J" and "K" are missing). ONSL stores eight engravings from this series (prints "C", "H" are unavailable).

IV state of six.

Literature: Bartsch, v. 15, p. 395, № 25; Nagler, Bd. 5, p. 138; Le Blanc, t. 2, p. 295, № 18; The Engravings of Giorgio Ghisi / Introduction and entries by Suzanne Boorsch, catalogue raisonné by Michal and R. E. Lewis. – New York: The Metropolitan museum of art, 1985. – p. 53–57, № 9; Boorsch S. Vincenzo Cenci, erased publisher / Suzanne Boorsch // Source: Notes in the History of Art / The University of Chicago Press. – 2012. – Vol. 31/32; № 4/1: Special issue in memory of Leo Steinberg (1920–2011). – p. 51–57.

The work "The Last Judgment" was created by Ghisi in the middle of 1540s. It was not the first print made from the famous fresco in the Sistine Chapel, created by Michelangelo in 1536–1541. A large composition of a size of 10 engravings Ghisi made in 1543–1548 at Niccolo della Casa and printed by Antonio Salamanca. By the end of the XVI century many other engravings were made, but Ghisi’s work surpasses them: it is closer to Michelangelo's fresco in a relative scale of shapes, while others significantly distort or make changes in Michelangelo's composition.

 

Sheet L.

30.8 x 43.

The right edge of the print is cut off.

In the lower left corner: GEORGIVS MANTVANVS FECIT.

Inv. G 600.

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