LUIGI CONCONI (Milan 1852 - 1917) LA CASA DEL MAGO (The house of the magician)
Etching, 1880; a fine impression of the first state of two, richly and skillfully printed, working on the surface tone with monotypic effects, on strong ivory wove paper. Signed LConconi in the film of ink left in the plate in wiping. With large margins, in very good condition. To the platemark 383 x 275 mm, the entire sheet measuring 630 x 460 mm. See M. Bianchi, G. Ginex, Luigi Conconi incisore, Milan, 1994; cat. no. 7. I am not sure about the existence of the first state described and reproduced by Bianchi and Ginex. I deal with Conconi prints since several decades and I never met an impression of it. Also, considering the reproduction of the first state in the book by the two scholars, I suspect that it is a drawing or a photomechanical reproduction of a drawing, not an etching.
The print shows the interior of the desecrated Milanese church of San Vincenzo in Prato, turned into a chemical factory. The decay of this building has been repeatedly depicted by Conconi in paintings and etchings. See, for example, the etching Le streghe.