A woman personifying night carries two babies over the land, representing sleep and death. Etching by F. Bartolozzi, 1764, after Annibale Carracci.

  • Carracci, Annibale, 1560-1609.
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The subject is described in the Base Joconde entry for the Chantilly painting as "La nuit portant le sommeil et la mort"


[London?] : [publisher not identified], [1764?]

Physical description

1 print : etching ; image 27.2 x 40.5 cm


Anibale Caracci inv. F. Bartolozzi sculp. Londra 1764.

References note

G. Malafarina and J.P. Cooney, L'opera completa di Annibale Carracci, Milano 1976, no. 129a (drawing in Dresden)


Wellcome Collection 11680i

Reproduction note

After a drawing latterly in the Kupferstich-Kabinett, Dresden, no. C 455 (Malafarina, loc. cit.). The drawing is a study for a painting by Annibale Carracci probably dating from 1602-3 in the Musée Condé, Chantilly. The Chantilly version was commissioned by Cardinal Odoardo Farnese for the Palazetto Farnese in Rome; according to the Base Joconde website (2019), it was the Chantilly version that was engraved by Bartolozzi. There is a related painting in the Royal Collection at Windsor. According to the Royal Collection catalogue (no. RCIN 403246), the Windsor painting is an old copy of the Chantilly painting


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