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Watercolour - Copy after Christ and Disciples at Emmaus, Fra Bartolomeo in the Convent of San Marco (Florence)
  • Copy after Christ and Disciples at Emmaus, Fra Bartolomeo in the Convent of San Marco (Florence)
    Bartolommeo Frà, born 1472 - died 1517
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Copy after Christ and Disciples at Emmaus, Fra Bartolomeo in the Convent of San Marco (Florence)

  • Object:

    Watercolour

  • Place of origin:

    Florence (Convento di San Marco , copied)

  • Date:

    second half 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bartolommeo Frà, born 1472 - died 1517 (artist)
    Edward Kaiser, born 1820 - died 1895 (copyist)
    Arundel Society (Commissioned by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:

    E.21-1995

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case PD, shelf 342

This watercolour is a copy made by Eduard Kaiser (Graz 1820 – Vienna 1895) after the frescoes in the Convento di San Marco in Florence by Fra Bartolomeo (Florence 1472 – 1517). It was painted for the Arundel Society, founded in 1848 to promote knowledge of art through the publication of reproductions of works of art. The Arundel Society popularised Renaissance art, particularly that of the Italian Old Masters, echoing the growing interest in ‘primitives’ (art of western Europe prior to the Renaissance) during the second half of the nineteenth century. This watercolour was published as a chromolithograph in 1870 (see Museum no. 24145).

Fra Bartolomeo became a friar in 1500 and he was a fervent follower of Savonarola (1452-1498, priest and preacher active in Florence). The artist moved to Venice in 1508, where he was able to combine the Venetian use of colour with his existing technique. In the Nineteenth century Fra Bartolomeo was generally considered a follower of the Florentine High Renaissance painters, only becoming recognised as an important artist in his own right later in the century.

Physical description

Arched on top watercolour of three men. The one on left, Christ, holds a walking stick. One of the two men, the Disceples, holds the man of Christ.

Place of Origin

Florence (Convento di San Marco , copied)

Date

second half 19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Bartolommeo Frà, born 1472 - died 1517 (artist)
Edward Kaiser, born 1820 - died 1895 (copyist)
Arundel Society (Commissioned by)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed in ink, lower left EDUARD KAISER

Dimensions

Height: 417 mm pointed lunette, Width: 472 mm pointed lunette

Object history note

Acquired in 1995 from the National Gallery of London.
Exhibitions: In Pursuit of Old Masters, London, Victoria & Albert Museum, 7th October 1996 - 30th March 1997.

Watercolour copy made for the Arundel Society by Edward Kaiser and published as chromolithograph (Museum No.24145) in 1870 by Storch and Kramer under the direction of Ludwig Gruner.

Descriptive line

Watercolour, copy after Christ and Disciples at Emmaus, Fra Bartolomeo in the Convent of San Marco (Florence), Edward Kaiser, second half 19th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Tanya Ledger, A Study of the Arundel Society 1848-1897. Unpublished thesis submitted for degree of Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford, 1978, p.277
Serena Padovani, Fra Bartolomeo e la Scuola di San Marco, Firenze: Giunta regionale toscana; Venezia: Marsilio, 1996

Materials

Watercolour on paper

Techniques

Watercolour drawing

Categories

Christianity; Biblical Imagery; Copies and Facsimilies

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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