Annibale Carracci

The Christ of Caprarola

1597
Strongly influenced by Correggio’s painting of the same subject in the Pinacoteca Nazionale in Parma, this etching shows the body of Christ lying on the ground, with his head resting on the lap of the Virgin. Practically fainting, she is supported by Mary Magdalen while Saint John is seen holding Christ’s right hand to display his wounds. The inscription on the second state of this print indicates that the work was etched in Caprarola. The print is, in fact, known by the name of this city.
Title
The Christ of Caprarola
Date
1597
Medium
Print
Materials
etching with engraving on laid paper
Dimensions
12.5 x 16.4 cm trimmed just outside platemark
Nationality
Italian
Credit line
Purchased 1923
Accession number
2937