Men Killing a Snake
From the series Varia Marci Ricci Pictoris prestantissimi experimenta ab ipsomet auctore inventa delineate atque incise (Venice: Carlo Orsolini, 1730)

Marco Ricci, Italian (active Venice, Veneto, Rome, and England) 1676 - 1730. Dedicated to Paolo Abbatti Contareno.

Made in Venice, Italy, Europe

c. 1723-1730

Etching with lead white heightening on blue laid paper

Plate: 10 3/8 x 14 5/16 inches (26.4 x 36.3 cm) Sheet: 13 9/16 x 18 7/16 inches (34.5 x 46.8 cm)

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Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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Currently not on view

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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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Carlo Orsolini, who published Marco Ricci's etchings as a series after the artist's death, issued special editions on blue paper with highlights added in lead white paint. The narrow, separate plate below each image contains a dedication to various illustrious Venetians.