An image of The Holy Virgin seated at the foot of a tree

Claude Mellan

(France 1598 – 1688)

The Holy Virgin seated at the foot of a tree

Location
Not on display
Further information

Mellan spent the years between 1624 and 1636 in Rome, where he developed his distinctive engraving style. Contemporary connoisseurs particularly admired his technique of using parallel lines of varying direction and thickness rather than cross-hatching. This print is an example of Mellan's open, linear style, in which outlines are abandoned altogether.

Media
Print
Medium
engraving
Dimensions
23.3 x 34.8 cm platemark; 23.5 x 35.2 cm shet
Signature & date

Signed l.r., [incised plate] "C.Mellan ...". Not dated.

Credit
Gift of Margaret Delmer 1985
Accession number
371.1985