Rousselet, Gilles (1610-86; French), after Reni, Guido (1575-1642; Italian)
Sainct François en meditation [Saint Francis in meditation] (1671)
Engraving, 43.5 x 28 cm (plate)
Gift of George Collins Levey 1879
National Gallery of Victoria (p.183.22-1)
= Levey gift, cat.28
Rousselet was paid 600 livres for this plate in February 1671 (as noted by Duplessis).
Reni’s Louvre canvas, painted in 1631, was given to Louis XIV by Prince Camillo Pamphili in 1665.
Not listed in NGV 1894 or 1905
NGV catalogue lists this work as by an unknown engraver (not reproduced); author’s ID photo reproduced here
Cf. Suite et Arrangement (1727), p.2, 1st entry; Duplessis Cabinet du roi (1869), p.6, no.10 (noting the payment to Rousselet on 10 Feb.1671); and http://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb42028665b (Cabinet du roi, T.1, f.25)
For Reni’s painting, see Louvre II (1981), p.226 (Inv.533), with details as noted above