Aquatint of Baby Jesus


After Raphael, “Enfant Jesus.” Aquatint by N. Bertrand, print finished by Badoureau. Engraved by Bralle. 25 1/4 x 19. Strong color. Very good conition.

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During the late 18th and early 19th Centuries, there was a resurgence in apprieciation and reprodcution of the works of classical masters of the Renaissance. This print is a fine example of said resurgence, as it shows an image of the baby Jesus originally created by the great Raphael. This particular image is an aquatint. An aquatint is created by etching sections, rather than lines, of a plate in order to create areas of uniform tone. An aquatint is prepared by applying resin or a similar ground to a metal plate, which is then heated, thus adhering the ground to the metal. This gives a roughness or grain to the plate which adds texture to the image. The plate is then immersed in an acid bath, which bites or etches the plate and creates areas which will hold the ink. The design is created with gradations of tone achieved through repeated acid baths combined with varnish used to stop out areas of lighter tone. Aquatints were an ideal way of recreating Renaissance Era paintings, as this print clearly illustrates.