Collection of Prints and Drawings

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Production People
Agostino Carracci (Print made by)artist bio
Carracci, Agostino
b Bologna, 15 Aug 1557; d Parma, 22 March 1602

Baldassare Peruzzi (After)artist bio
Peruzzi, Baldassare
b Ancaiano, nr Siena, 15 Jan 1481; d Rome, 6 Jan 1536

Philippe Thomassin (Published by)artist bio
Thomassin, Philippe
b Troyes, 1562; d Rome, 12 May 1622
Title / Description
Adoration of the Magi
 
Date
1579
 
Technique
engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
795 x 520 mm (both sheets, trimmed)
Inscriptions
Lettered lower left: 'Cu privilegio summi pontificis et superior licentia', on the broken pediment: 'Avg Caracivs sculpsit', dedication by the publisher in the cartouche bottom centre: 'Ill.mo et rmo D D Michealiange [...] / Papa Prodatario', at right 'Bononiae in aedibus comitis Constantis Bentivolii Baltass Perutius Senen inventor apud Philippum Thomassinum Romae primis formis.'
State
third state of five
 
Watermark
to be checked
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (Lugt 1966)
 
References
Bartsch XVIII.42.11 (second state of two) info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Bohlin 1979, no. 12 (third state of three) info
Diane DeGrazia Bohlin, Prints and Related Drawings by the Carracci Family: A Catalogue Raisonné, National Gallery of Art, Washington 1979

Bohn in TIB 1995, 3901.017.S3 (third state of five) info
Babette Bohn, Italian Masters of the Sixteenth-Century: Agostino Carracci, The Illustrated Bartsch, vol. 39, Part 1 (Commentary), New York 1995
 
Comment
Probably commissioned by the Bentivoglio family of Bologna. Agostino worked directly from Peruzzi's drawing, now in the National Gallery, London, inv. no. 167. However, Agostino added angels at the upper right. The first state bears the dedication to the church reformer Cardinal Gabriele Paleotti. Domenico Tibaldi's name appears as publisher on the second state of the print.
 
Inventory Number
25370
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Mounted III
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