Triumph of Truth over Envy, 1780

Johann Gottlieb Prestel; Artist: or Maria Catharina Prestel; Artist: after Jacopo Ligozzi

Etching and aquatint in brown ink, touched with gold leaf

Gift of funds from Mr. and Mrs. Winton Jones P.69.168

Not on View

A tour de force, this aquatint was made from two plates, one printed in brown ink, the other in a yellow-ochre base color which was then touched with gold leaf. Husband and wife printmakers Johann and Maria Catharina Prestel were virtuosos of the aquatint medium. They specialized in reproducing old master drawings, publishing three private collections before their bankruptcy and divorce. Maria Catharina subsequently moved with their four children to London, where her printmaking career flourished. Although Johann’s signature appears on this print, scholars have recently attributed it to Maria Catharina.

Image: Public Domain. Gift of funds from Mr. and Mrs. Winton Jones

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