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St. Thaïs

early 16th–mid 16th century
Unidentified artist, Italian, 16th century, Copied after Parmigianino (Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola) (Italian, 1503–1540)

Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch 10 (apparently a deceptive copy; see Notes)


Sheet: 12.9 x 11.1 cm (5 1/16 x 4 3/8 in.)(trimmed within the platemark)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



This print differs is some small details from those in London illustrated in The Illustrated Bartsch, and from MFA 68.426. There are various differences in the face, the drapery, and the background. Particularly noticeable is the shading of the background just to the (viewer’s) right of Thaïs’s left elbow, which in the London impressions, and in 68.426, is slightly darker than the adjacent background, but is not even completely hatched in this impression.


verso, lower left, stamped in red ink, the mark of Henry F. Sewall, New York (1816-1896)(Lugt 1309); verso, lower right, stamped in violet ink, the mark of the MFA Harvey D. Parker Collection (Lugt 1870)


Henry F. Sewall, New York (1816-1896)(Lugt 1309); purchased by MFA November 1897

Credit Line

Harvey D. Parker Collection—Harvey Drury Parker Fund