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Image of The Prophet Joel 8875


Michelangelo Buonarroti (Michelangelo) (1475 - 1654); Giorgio Ghisi (Mantua, Italy, 1520 - 1582, Mantua, Italy)


The Prophet Joel

Creation Date



16th century


22 1/4 in. x 16 3/8 in. (56.5 cm. x 41.59 cm.)

Object Type


Creation Place

Europe, Italy

Medium and Support

engraving on laid paper

Credit Line

Gift of David P. Becker, Class of 1970


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Giorgio Ghisi hailed from Mantua, where the court of the Gonzaga had established a major center of the arts. The artist traveled throughout Europe and worked in Rome, Antwerp, and Paris. This print was created after his return to Mantua, where Ghisi spent the last years of his life as keeper of the Gonzaga jewels and overseer of the family’s wardrobe. As engraver, Ghisi primarily produced reproductive engravings that introduced audiences near and far to the innovations of High Renaissance artists. This print is from a series dedicated to Michelangelo’s frescoes of the Sistine ceiling that includes the Prophets and Sibyls as well as the Last Judgment (requiring eleven sheets), a tour de force of Renaissance printmaking.

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