St. Matthew

Antonio Maria ZANETTI
ca. 1721

After Parmigianino. Chiaroscuro woodcut in rose, grey-green and dark brown, mounted on Zanetti’s original laid paper support sheet with wash and gilt borders.
Bartsch XII, 164, 7. Undescribed proof before the first state which has the date 1721. G. Lorenzetti (1917) describes a second (here third) state with the date 1722.
A fine, fresh impression, several ink strokes in the upper right margin of the support sheet, otherwise in excellent condition. 157 x 77mm.
The art patron and collector Count Zanetti revived the multiple-block chiaroscuro technique two centuries after its invention, making use of his extensive collection of the drawings of Parmigianino, who had been central to the early development of the medium in Italy.