Collection of Prints and Drawings
Zoltán Kárpáti and Eszter Seres, Italian and French Prints before 1620
©Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
 
Production People
Nicolas Beatrizet (Print made by)artist bio
Beatrizet, Nicolas
b Thionville, 1507, or Lunaville, 1515; d Rome, c. 1565

Luca Penni (After)artist bio
Penni, Luca [Romanus]
b Florence, 1500–04; d Paris, 12 April 1557
Title / Description
Henry II, King of France
 
Date
1558
 
Technique
engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
465 x 316 mm (platemark)
Inscriptions
Signed and dated lower left: 'N B/LOT F/1558', lettered around the oval cartouche: 'HENRICVS II GALLORVM/REX CHRISTIANISSIMVS'
State
second state of two
 
Watermark
visible, height: 60 mm, width: 42 mm
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (not stamped)
 
References
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna
1803-21, XV.241.3 (second state of two)
Alexandre P. Robert-Dumesnil, Le peintre-graveur
francais, 11 vols., Paris 1835-71, IX.157.40
Gioconda Albricci, 'Luca Penni e i suoi
incisori,' Rassegna di studi e di notizie 10
(1982), pp. 69-166, no. 1 (second state of two)
Silvia Bianchi, 'Catalogo dell'opera incisa
di Nicola Beatrizet,' Grafica d'arte 14
(2003) 54, pp. 3-12; 14 (2003) 55, pp. 3-12; 14 (2003)
56, pp. 3-12; 15 (2004), 57, pp. 3-13, no. 45 (second
state of two)
 
Comment
On the second state the features of the king had been altered completely, changing his portrait from profile to a three-quarter view. In addition, the date had been altered from 1556 to 1558 and the letters 'P R INV' erased from the plate. The model for the engraving is unknown; Bartsch, as well as Albricci in 1982 attribute the design to Luca Penni. According to Bianchi, the frame is also inspired by Giovanni Medici's portrait by Enea Vico (Bartsch XV.338.254).
 
Inventory Number
50014
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Mounted I
Citation Line
Beatrizet, Nicolas (Print made by), Penni, Luca (After), Inv. No. 50014, in Zoltán Kárpáti and Eszter Seres, Italian and French Prints before 1620: An On-Line Catalogue, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest 2012 » http://www.printsanddrawings.hu/ (accessed 4th of July, 2020) «