Giulio (after Perino del Vaga) Bonasone

St. Paul Preaching to the New Christians

1545
The Bolognese engraver Giulio Bonasone was one of the more prolific printmakers in Italy after Marcantonio Raimondi and his school. He became the "go-to" reproductive printmaker in Rome, for all the major publishing houses, including Antonio Salamanca, Lafreri and Tomasso Barlacchi in the middle of the 16th century. Among his finest achievements is the engraving after Michelangelo's "Last Judgement" fresco in the Sistine Chapel (B.80, c. 1544-47). The 17th-century biographer of Bolognese artists, Carlo Malvasia, recommended Bonasone "for his knowledge of all the best manners ... for his universal erudition and for the vast invention that we find in all his prints," commenting on refinement and personal style in his engravings. Highly respected in Bolognese art circles, Bonasone was admitted to the Compagnia delle Quattro Arti and Compagnia dei Bombasari e dei Pittori.
Title
St. Paul Preaching to the New Christians
Date
1545
Medium
Print
Materials
engraving with etching on laid paper
Dimensions
26.9 x 19.6 cm; plate: 24.9 x 17.3 cm
Nationality
Italian
Credit line
Purchased 1974
Accession number
18058