The Death of Ananias [parallel text in Latin]Act. Chap. V.
Mezzotint printed in blue, scarce; platemark 360 x 515mm (14¼ x 20¼"). Crease through centre; several tears; glued to backing sheet.
The death of Ananias, 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. Engraved from one of the famous cartoons executed by Raphael (1483 - 1520) for a series of tapestries for the Sistine Chapel, which were bought by Charles I. The cartoons were placed in Hampton Court Palace in 1699 and are now on permanent display at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The first set of engravings of the cartoons were produced by Nicolas Dorigny between 1711-1719, after which several other sets were made. This mezzotint is by Elisha Kirkall (1681/2-1742), one of the most distinctive of British engravers. Often printed in a blue-green ink which itself was innovative at a time when almost all British prints were still printed in black, Kirkall used the mezzotint technique which in the 17th and 18th century was used predominantly for portraits and domestic subjects, and used it to render a much wider range of subjects.
Ex: Collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; for Dorigny's engraving of the same Raphael cartoon, see. ref. 14717.
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