The Blessed Virgin Mary giving her mother's womb to the infant Jesus lying on a cushion is an essential work for his career, at least historically. This encounter between the flamenco artist and the rebirth of classicism was decisive for the evolution of his taste. This flamenco, Bervic's disciple in Paris and later professor at the Academy of Antwerp, was established in Rome in 1806. His concern for perfection allowed him to engrave only ten pieces, leaving his work unfinished, whose rights he had sold for the astronomical sum of 300,000 francs. His fame in Italy, France and Flanders was considerable.
De Meulemeester found two sources of commissioning in the works of the Louvre Museum. If he obtained from the Chalcography the engraved interpretation of the Virgin with the Green Cushion, he also commissioned, on behalf of Laurent and Robillard-Péronville, the engraving of an interpretation of an ancient statue (Volume IV), which represented an amazon.
The work that we present here, La Virgen de Andrea Solari, according to the engraving letter, announces the great precision of the future performer of the boxes, but still retains the flexibility and flamenco grace of the young artist from Bruges.
Paper sheet dimensions
Height: 65 cm
Width: 50 cm.
Origin: Painting in the Louvre Museum P2 n°1530
Engraving date: 1801-1804
Artist: Andrea Solario, 1465-1524, Italy
Engraver: Joseph Carl de Meulemeester, 1771-1836, Flanders
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