Ananias Corruit Exaniminis.Vir autem...audierunt. Act. Ap. Cap. V. Exemplar asservatur in Palatio Mag. Brit. Reg. dicto Hampton Court Long. ped. XVII. pol. VI. Altum ped. XI. pol. IV.
[n.d., first published c.1720.]
Engraving, 515 x 765mm. 20¼ x 30". Worcester Royal Porcelain Works label to upper left corner, with their stamp lower right. Closed tear into image at right.
The death of Ananias, who is struck down in front of the Apostles gathered on a platform at centre. Ananias and his wife Sapphira were, according to the Acts of the Apostles, members of the Early Christian church in Jerusalem. Ananias dropped dead suddenly after attempting to deceive the Holy Spirit by withholding part of the profit from the sale of a piece of land. Fifth plate from a series of eight reproducing the cartoons executed by Raphael (1483 - 1520) for a series of tapestries for the Sistine Chapel. They were commissioned by Pope Leo X in 1515 - 1518. Bought by Charles I, the cartoons were placed in Hampton Court Palace in 1699 and are now at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Nicolas Dorigny (1658 - 1746) went to England and engraved the cartoons between 1711-1719, a work for which he was knighted in 1720.
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