Aug 21, 2006



c. 1775-1776

Giovanni David

(Italian, 1743-1790)

Etching and aquatint printed in black and brown, heightened with white gouache

Support: Blue paper

Sheet: 24.2 x 17.6 cm (9 1/2 x 6 15/16 in.); Image: 22.7 x 16.1 cm (8 15/16 x 6 5/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1997.34



David was the most intriguing Genoese print-maker of the 18th century. Like Francisco Goya,
his Spanish contemporary, he was a very early practitioner of aquatint, a technique invented in France about 1765. David's free, painterly handling of this type of etching medium, which produces
the effect of a wash, created subtle effects of light and atmosphere.

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