The Crossing of the Red Sea (after a design by Paolo Farinati from the woodblock print by Titian) by Orazio Farinati

The Crossing of the Red Sea (after a design by Paolo Farinati from the woodblock print by Titian) by Orazio Farinati

The Crossing of the Red Sea (after a design by Paolo Farinati from the woodblock print by Titian)

Orazio Farinati

Title

The Crossing of the Red Sea (after a design by Paolo Farinati from the woodblock print by Titian)

 
Artist
Year
1583  
Technique
etching 
Image Size
14 1/8 x 22-1/8" platemark 
Signature
in image, lower right center "HO.F.F." 
Edition Size
not applicable 
Annotations
LL "Paulus Fa. V. I"; LLC in the plate: "Gasparo dalolio exc."; dated: "1583" in LRC. 
Reference
Bartsch XVI.168.1 Albricci 1980, p. 23, no. 1 Dillon in Verona 1980, no. XI.52 Marini in Verona 2006, no. 205 British Museum M8019 
Paper
thick antique-white laid with partial watermark in upper left 
State
iii/vii ??? 
Publisher
Gasparo Dalolio 
Inventory ID
20212 
Price
$1,500.00 
Description

From a Royal-Size Bible; "Historiae Sacrae Veteris et Novi Testamenti; Biblische figuren, Darinnen die f├╝rnembste historien, in heiliger Schrifft begriffen, geschichtm├Ąssig entworffen"

The British Museum notes:

The crossing of the red sea [Exodus 14:27]; the Pharaoh on his chariot drowning in the red sea at right, with his horses and his soldiers struggling to keep afloat, Moses and the Israelites in left background; after Paolo Farinati; based on a woodblock print by Titian. The Titian woodcut was done in 1514-15, printed on 12 sheets from 12 blocks, measuring 48 x 87."

This was Orazio Farinati's most popular print, made after his father's design. A drawing in reverse of the left part of the image, not surely by Paolo Farinati's hand, is preserved in the Albertina, inv. no. 1587. There are seven known states of the print, with the date always corrected in the inscription, ranging from 1583 in the first state to 1599 in the fifth. Albricci doubts the existence of a first state that is recorded with the date of 1573.