Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Earth: Gardener Offering a Nosegay

Earth: Gardener Offering a Nosegay
From the series The Four Elements

Joseph Wagner, German (active Italy), 1706 - 1780. After a painting by Jacopo Amigoni, Italian, 1682 - 1752.

Made in Italy, Europe

c. 1740

Etching and engraving

Sheet: 19 1/16 x 12 3/8 inches (48.3 x 31.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
The Muriel and Philip Berman Gift, acquired from the John S. Phillips bequest of 1876 to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, with funds contributed by Muriel and Philip Berman, gifts (by exchange) of Lisa Norris Elkins, Bryant W. Langston, Samuel S. White 3rd and Vera White, with additional funds contributed by John Howard McFadden, Jr., Thomas Skelton Harrison, and the Philip H. and A.S.W. Rosenbach Foundation, 1985

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Joseph Wagner studied with the painter Jacopo Amigoni and later worked as a printmaker, eventually opening his own publishing house in Venice. Wagner's technique combined etching and engraving-he would first etch the composition on the plate and then reinforce lines and make greater changes in tonality using engraving. He produced a number of reproductions of contemporary Venetian paintings and trained printmakers like Francesco Bartolozzi. Amigoni encouraged Wagner to take up printmaking, which proved to be a profitable enterprise for both.