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Print - Large circular still life with a bottle and three objects
  • Large circular still life with a bottle and three objects
    Morandi, Giorgio, born 1890 - died 1964
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Large circular still life with a bottle and three objects

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Italy (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1946 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Morandi, Giorgio, born 1890 - died 1964 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MP, shelf 72

The Bolognese artist Giorgio Morandi (1890-1964) is celebrated for his small-scale works, modest in colour and tonal values as well as in physical size and subject-matter (one of his favourite subjects was still-life composed of a variety of humble bottles or other domestic vessels). He was a prolific printmaker, and his etchings have the same quiet, meditative qualities as the paintings. Morandi endlessly explored the geometric and formal possibilities with apparently limited subject-matter, often using, as in this print, the same diagonal, straight-line hatching across the whole printing plate to create a wide range of tonal values.

This etching is one of four still lives set in tondos, which Morandi began in 1942. This composition is the reverse of that of a near-contemporary painting.

Physical description

Etching from an almost circular plate on paper, depicting a bottle to left with tall narrow neck and wide full body a small bowl and small, globe shaped casket in foreground and a straight-sided squat vessel behind.

Place of Origin

Italy (probably, made)


1946 (printed)


Morandi, Giorgio, born 1890 - died 1964 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Etching on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Morandi 1946
Signature; date; within the plate; etching

Signature; pencil

Maker's identification; pencil


Height: 25.7 cm plate, Width: 32.4 cm plate, Height: 34.9 cm sheet, Width: 50 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Circular still life with a bottle and three objects by Giorgio Morandi. Italy, 1946.

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

Martin Hopkinson Italian Prints 1875-1975 London: The British Museum Press, 2007. ISBN 0714126535.


Printing ink; Paper



Subjects depicted

Bowl; Still life; Bottle



Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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