Baudet, Étienne (1638-1711; French), after Carracci, Annibale (1560-1609; Italian)
Martyre de Saint Estienne [The Martyrdom of St Stephen] 1677
Gift of George Collins Levey 1879
National Gallery of Victoria (p.183.19-1)

= Levey gift, cat.17

This print, one of the second group added to the Tableaux du roi series after 1679, reproduces the same painting as the slightly earlier engraving from the same series, Chasteau after Carracci (Annibale) Martyrdom of St Stephen {1879} NGV [PR] [Levey gift, cat.16].

Carracci’s small painting, on copper (Louvre Inv.204), dates from c.1603-4: see comparative reproduction below. It must have been in Louis XIV’s collection by February 1671, when Chasteau was paid for his engraving of it.

A somewhat different painting of the same subject, slightly larger and on canvas, was acquired by Louis XIV, as an Annibale Carracci, in 1665 (Louvre Inv.203). However, Posner (1971) describes it as “far too weak to be considered more than a shop work” after Carracci; this second work has been attributed recently to the young Domenichino.

[comparative photo: Carracci’s painting (Louvre Inv.204)]


NGV 1894, p.111 (V.Buvelot Gallery, 2nd bay, no.62); NGV 1905, p.125 (V.Buvelot Gallery, 2nd bay, no.51) 

See (as Unknown after Agostino Carracci; not reproduced). Cf. Suite et Arrangement (1727), p.1, and Duplessis, Cabinet du roi (1869), p.7, in each case as by Baudet 

For the two Louvre paintings, see Louvre catalogue II (1981), p.163 (Inv.203 and 204); and Posner Annibale Carracci (1971), vol.2, p.64, cat.141 (Louvre Inv.204): Posner regards Inv.204 as autograph, and Inv.203 as an inferior derivative, as noted above; he also mentions both Tableaux du roi engravings (by Baudet and Chasteau). See also P.Cooney, L’opera completa di Annibale Carracci, Milan, 1976, cat.132, listing only Louvre Inv.204 under accepted paintings. For the photo of Louvre Inv.204 reproduced here, see,_Annibale_-_The_Stoning_of_St_Stephen_-_1603-04.jpg