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ID number:  BIRBI-58.1
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Jackson, John Baptist (1701 - c. 1780)
Title / Object name:  Christ on the Mount of Olives
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Venice
Culture:  British
Date made:  1743
Materials:  Chiaroscuro woodcut, printed from four blocks
Provenance:  Purchased from P. & D. Colnaghi, January 1958

This woodcut is one of twenty-four Jackson made in Venice to reproduce a group of 16th century Venetian paintings by masters such as Titian, Veronse and Bassano. In this example he used four wood blocks, each inked with a different colour. Jackson also used a technique of embossing which gives the print a powerful three dimensional quality. The result is a colour print which is more than a simple attempt to reproduce a painting: it has its own dramatic qualities. In this night scene, Jesus prays in the last hours before his arrest, whilst his disciples sleep around him.

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