The circumcision of Jesus

Bartolomeo Biscaino
Genova 1632 - 1657
The circumcision of Jesus
Etching
243 x 184 mm

With Daman's address at the bottom lower left


A very fine atmospheric impression, in the second state of three on laid paper with watermark halfmoon surmounted by a Greek cross, printed with a great clarity.

In excellent condition with small margins and traces of ink in the platemark typical of the pristine impression.

Early impression with nuanced contrast of light and shade are very rare.

Bartolomeo Biscaino's life was cut short by the plague, and little is known about him. He first trained with his father, a landscape painter. In the late 1640s he entered the workshop of Valerio Castello. Biscaino's early paintings strongly recalled his master's style, but his forms were softer, his brushstroke broader, and his choice of colours more delicate. Curving draperies and sweetness of expression typified Biscaino's manner.
Scholars often date Biscaino's canvases on the basis of his forty catalogued etchings, and he remains best known for his drawings and prints. Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione influenced the iconography and technique of Biscaino's etchings. In his rendering of animals, figures, and naturalistic settings, and the play of light and shade, Castiglione also provided an important example for Biscaino's later paintings.