The Incredulity of St. Thomas
Engraved by I. ROBILLART (active in the first half of the 17th C.). Le Blanc 2, Nagler 1 (both as N. Robillart); A. Moir (Caravaggio and his Copyists, 1976, p. 89) 18a, first state of three. The word “pincyt” in this state (subsequently changed to “pin”) indicates that Robillart was not trained in Latin, even though he knew the publishing formalities. In the third state he added his name and “ex” (as found in the BM collection).
Watermark: Monogram of Christ and cross
A fine impression, trimmed somewhat unevenly on the platemark, with thread margins in places, the bottom edge inside the inscription space. A little minor soiling on the verso, otherwise in very good condition. 221-3 x 286mm.
No information has yet come to light about this artist, presumed to be French.
The painting in the reverse direction by Caravaggio, done in ca. 1600-1601 for Marchese Vincenzo Giustiniani, now belongs to the Picture Gallery of Sanssouci in Potsdam. Extremely rare, especially in this state.