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The Anchorites SS Anthony and Paul in the Desert

St. Elias

early 18th century
Antonio Dardani (Italian, 1677–1735), After Domenico Maria Viani (Italian, 1668–1711)

Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch XII, IV, 29; Passavant VI, p. 221, no. 29


Sheet: 38.3 x 26.8 cm (15 1/16 x 10 9/16 in.)(trimmed on the borderline; lacking the bottom margin with inscriptions)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



The title “St. Elias” is Bartsch’s; Passavant is the source for the title “The Anchorites SS Anthony and Paul in the Desert.” This impression, of an outline block only, is identical to that illustrated in The Illustrated Bartsch, vol. 48, p. 120, and described there (and in the original Bartsch) as the first state. The impression illustrated on p. 121, and called a second state, is printed from a line block and a tone block, but the line block is different from that from which this impression is taken, and that is illustrated on p. 120. Bartsch says the line block was altered for the second state, but the two prints illustrated in TIB appear to be from different blocks.


Verso, bottom right, stamped in brown ink, the mark of the MFA W.G. Russell Allen Bequest (Lugt 3593)


W.G. Russell Allen, Boston (1882-1955); his bequest to the MFA September 10, 1975

Credit Line

Bequest of W. G. Russell Allen