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Title:

Studies of ears

Maker(s):

Ribera, Jusepe de (lo Spagnoletto); printmaker; Italian artist, 1590-1652
Wyngaerde, Frans van den; publisher; Flemish artist, 1614-1679

Category:

print

Name:

print

Date:

1622

School/Style:

Spanish

Production
Note:

II/III.

Technique(s):

etching
surface tone

Material(s):

black carbon ink; medium
black ink; medium; small section of borderline touched in with ink
laid paper; support

Dimension(s):

height, plate, 142, mm
width, plate, 213, mm
height, sheet, 142, mm
width, sheet, 213, mm

Acquisition:

bequeathed; 1816; Fitzwilliam, Richard, 7th Viscount

Notes:

This impression is identical in the way it is printed to a supposedly unique proof in Amsterdam: there is a narrow section running down the centre where the lines have not printed and where there is no tone on the paper (on this impression these lines are touched in with a pen). The Amsterdam impression has been described (by Brown, 1989) as an intermediate state created by the Antwerp publisher Frans van Wyngaerde (1617-1679), with the suggestion that he incised a groove down the centre of the plate prior to cutting the plate in two and printing the two halves separately. In fact, examination shows that these are simply impressions printed from the two halves of the divided plate placed next to each other on the printing-press (the same is also true for similar impressions of the Eyes and Noses and Mouths which Brown also describes as a separate state).

Inscription(s):

signature; image lower left; printed; Joseph Ribera espaƱol.; signature not by Ribera
monogram; image lower right; printed; HISP RIBERA [in the form of two monograms]; Ribera's monogram - see Bartsch, 20, p. 79 for an explanation of its meaning
date; image lower right; printed; 1622
number; image lower right; printed; 4 [reversed]
inscription; verso; graphite; 106

Alternative
Number(s):

Bartsch; 17
Illustrated Bartsch; 17
Brown (Ribera); 7 II/III

Exhibition(s):

Lord Fitzwilliam's print albums. 1994-05-17 - 1994-09-18
Organiser: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.), UK
Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.)

Related Object(s):

31.K.12; Miscellaneous Collection of Engravings
31.K.12-124; Studies of noses and mouths
31.K.12-126; Studies of eyes
31.K.12-90; Studies of ears

Accession:

Object Number: 31.K.12-91
(Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(record id: 93657; input: 2003-06-26; modified: 2006-01-27)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/93657