In the two plates by Andrea Mantegna, the earliest Italian engraver represented in this exhibition,--"The Flagellation" and "The Combat of Marine Gods,"--the classic influence is strongly marked. Certain technical qualities were apparently of more importance to the artist than the sentiment to be expressed by his design. His figure drawing is simpler and bolder, his composition graceful and more purely conventional, and his style of wielding the graver more firm and vigorous than in the contemporary German work. [P. 20 (supp.); see entry 01990006 for other work noted in this commentary.]
Exhibition of Engravings, Etchings & Mezzotints, held under the Auspices and for the Benefit of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, in the building adjoining their new structure, Broad Street, above Arch, Philadelphia, Dec. 1874. Philadelphia: Henry B. Ashmead, Book and Job Printer, Nos. 1102 and 1104 Sansom Street. 1874. (and) Exhibition of Prints (Claghorn Collection) under the Auspices of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Critical Notices by William J. Clark, Jr., reprinted from "the Evening Telegraph" of Philadelphia; with the opening address delivered by W.S. Baker. Philadelphia: Rue & Jones, Book and Job Printers. Nos. 106 and 108 South Third Street. 1875.