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Production People
Jacopo de Barbari (Print made by)artist bio
Barbari, Jacopo de
b ?Venice, c. 1460–70; d Mechelen or Brussels, before 17 July 1516
Title / Description
The Three Captives
 
Date
c. 1503-4
 
Technique
engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
156 x 99 mm (sheet, trimmed)
Inscriptions
Signed lower right with the caduceus monogram.
Watermark
not visible through mount
Provenance
Heinrich Georg Gutekunst
 
References
Bartsch VII.524.17 info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Hind V.153.15 info
Arthur Mayger Hind, Early Italian Engraving: A Critical Catalogue with Complete Reproduction of All the Prints Described, vols. 1-4 (part 1, Florentine Engravings and Anonymous Prints of Other Schools), London 1938; vols. 5-7 (part 2, Known Masters Other Than Florentines, Monogrammists and Anonymous), London 1948

Matile 1998, no. 81 info
Michael Matile, Frühe Italienische Druckgrafik 1460-1530, Bestandskatalog der Graphische Sammlung der ETH, Zürich, Basel 1998

Zucker in TIB 1999, 2410.017 info
Mark J. Zucker, Early Italian Masters, The Illustrated Bartsch, vol. 24, Part 4 (Commentary), New York 1999

Van der Sman 2003, no. I.12 (only state) info
Gert Jan van der Sman, Le siècle de Titien: Gravures vénitiennes de la Renaissance, exhibition catalogue, Maastricht, Bonnefantenmuseum and Bruges, Musée des Beaux-Arts 2003
 
Comment
In this period, Jacopo de Barbari and Albrecht Dürer had a mutual impact on each other's art, which is reflected also in this print. According to Van der Sman 2003, the nude figures were inspired by Paduan examples by Francesco Squarcione and Andrea Mantegna. Two drawings by Bernardino da Parenzo resemble Barbari's print: one in the British Museum, inv. no. 1919,0510.1, the other in Christ Church, Oxford, inv. no. 0267; see Hugo Chapman, 'Padua in the 1450s: Marco Zoppo and his Contemporaries', London 1998, no. 24. During his stay in Venice, Barbari perhaps saw Parenzo's pseudo-antique inventions which inspired this print composed of more elegant figures. This work was most probably engraved on the other side of the plate which had Apollo and Diana (Bartsch VII.523.16).
 
Inventory Number
1912-590
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 15th century: Mounted I
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