Virgin Mary and the Sleeping Infant Jesus

Wallerant Vaillant - engraver, Parmigianino - inventor

Wallerant Vaillant - engraver, Parmigianino - inventor - Virgin Mary and the Sleeping Infant Jesus
Donated by Vojtěch Lanna in 1885. The sheet is a very early example of the mezzotint technique invented in 1642 by German amateur graphic artist Ludwig von Siegen. Netherlandish painter and engraver Wallerant Vaillant was the first professional graphic artist to use mezzotint for commercial purposes and produced dozens of sheets in it. His work is credited for spreading and popularizing this impressive technique throughout Europe.
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measurements: height 271 mm
width 320 mm
material: paper
technique: mezzotint
inventory number: R 1167
gallery collection: Collection of Prints and Drawings
licence: Creative Commons License public domain