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Print-etching C 1637-39 By Simone Cantarini (1612-1648) St. John The Baptist In The Wilderness


£450 | $571 USD | €512 EUR
Item Number: SA793205
Date of manufacture: 17th Century
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Radnorshire Fine Arts Ltd


Simone Cantarini (Italian, 1612-1648)
St. John the Baptist in the Wilderness, circa 1637-39
Inscribed verso, Cantarini B. 23, in pencil (lower left)
Etching with narrow margins on off-white laid paper. First state (of 2). Bartsch 23.
A very good impression of this scarce etching, with strong contrasts.
The print has been backed onto blue laid paper and mounted using a grey-green acid-free rag board (no frame).
Sheet: 6 13/16 in x 6 13/16 in. (17.3 cm x 17.3 cm.)
Plate: 6 5/8 in x 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm x 16.8 cm.)
Mount: 13 7/8 in x 13 7/8 in. (35. cm x 35.3 cm.)
Condition: The print has been cleaned and mounted by an accredited paper conservator.
Cantarini was a prolific etcher. At least 37 plates of mythological, religious and allegorical subjects have been ascribed to him, all of exceptional quality. His prints were praised in his lifetime for their extraordinary delicacy and vibrant and luminous quality. Cantarini followed a set procedure in the design and creation of his prints: he would start with a general sketch of the composition in pen or pencil. After having studied the details of the composition one by one, he traced the design in red stone, with the details defined. The design was then replicated in pen in its final dimensions using a grid and then transferred on a copper plate and etched.
Simone Cantarini was born in 1612 in Pesaro, in the Marches, a region which was a crossroads for artists from many parts of Italy. He began his artistic training quite young, probably 1623-1625, in the studio of Giovanni Giacomo Pandolfi (?1570-1640?), a painter of religious works who combined the local naturalism with the mannerist style of the late sixteenth century. After a brief trip to Venice, Cantarini moved to the shop of Claudio Ridolfi (?1570-1644), a student of Paolo Veronese (1528-1588). From Ridolfi he received training in the Venetian manner that was also a strong current in the local tradition, as well as a deep appreciation for the art of Federico Barocci (1535-1612), with whom Ridolfi had worked in Urbino. In about 1629 Ridolfi left Pesaro, forcing Cantarini to continue his studies on his own. In addition to prints by the Carracci, the young artist turned his attention increasingly to Barrocci and also to the Caravaggesque, yet very personal, art of Orazio Gentileschi, who executed several works in the Marches during the 1610s, and of Giovan Francesco Guerrieri (1589-1657) from nearby Fossombrone.
As Malvasia recounts (see person bibliography), the most significant event of Cantarini's youth was the arrival, probably in 1632, of Guido Reni's (1575-1642) Madonna and Child with Saints Thomas and Jerome in Pesaro Cathedral (now Pinacoteca Vaticana). Not content to study Guido's style from this work alone, Cantarini went to the church of San Pietro in Valle in nearby Fano to copy and draw after Guido's Giving of the Keys to Peter (now Louvre, Paris), completed 1626, and Annunciation of 1620-21. The young artist quickly assimilated Guido's style and soon received important commissions, including the Saint Peter Curing a Lame Man for San Pietro in Valle. Malvasia writes that while visitors might mistake this for a work of Guido, Cantarini himself felt that it lacked a "certain Renian grandeur and nobility." Cantarini's desire to go to Bologna to study in Guido's studio was given additional impetus by an attempt on his life resulting from amorous exploits, which, Malvasia intimates, were inspired by a too careful study of the lascivious prints by the Carracci.
Upon his arrival in Bologna, probably in 1634 or 1635, Cantarini presented himself in Guido's studio as a painter of little training. His abilities soon became evident. Although Guido recognized that Cantarini was already a fully formed painter, he made the young man his most trusted pupil and secured him many commissions. Eventually, however,
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This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 17th Century.


Height = 35 cm (13.8")
Width = 35.3 cm (13.9")
Depth = 0 cm (0.0")

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