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Bacchanal

Giovanni David

Bacchanal

c. 1775

Etching

210 x 300 mm

Stanza Del Borgo S.R.L.

Milan,

+39 02 659 8203

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Etching
Newcome Schleier-Grasso, no. 116, page 133, II-b/II-b
210 x 300 mm; sheet mm 375 x 480
Signed lower left: ‘David Gen. Inv. fecit’; inscribed at the centre: ‘..vino pellite curas. Hor. Lib. i. Od. 7’. 
A superb, brilliant and well-inked impression, in second state b of two, printed on laid paper bearing ‘Letters V L’ watermark, in pristine condition, with uncut margins.
David composed this print with layers of meticulously etched parallel lines, which vary both in width and in darkness. This effect is produced by multiple bitings of the plate in acid.
The technique recalls not only Castiglione, to whom the print was attributed by Malaspina and by Nagler, but also the technique of others artists, such as Mellan, La Hire and Brébiette.
References: 
Alizeri, (1864-1866), V. I, page 366.
P. Bellini, The Illustrated Bartsch, vol. 46, (New York: Abaris,1985), cat. 092, page 75, as an engraving, with the erroneous attribution to Castiglione.
W. Griswold, Genoa: Drawings and Prints 1530 – 1800, (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1996), page 58, no. 65, as ‘After the Bacchanal’, circa 1775.
M. Newcome,‘Drawings by Giovanni David’, Master Drawings, (1993), page 476, note 26.
M. Newcome Schleier and Giovanni Grasso, Giovanni David: Pittore e incisore della famiglia Durazzo, (Turin: Artema, 2003), page 133, no. 116.