Collection of Prints and Drawings

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Production People
Giovanni Antonio da Brescia (Print made by)artist bio
Brescia, Giovanni Antonio da
b ?Brescia, c. 1460; d ?Rome, c. 1520

Andrea Mantegna (After)artist bio
Mantegna, Andrea
b Isola di Carturo, nr Padua, 1430-31; d Mantua 13 Sept 1506
Title / Description
Hercules and Antaeus
 
Date
c. 1490-1500
 
Technique
engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
247 x 170 mm (platemark)
Inscriptions
Signed on a tablet hanging from the tree: 'IOAN BX' and inscribed at the side: 'DIVO HERCVLI INVICTO'
State
third version, only state
 
Watermark
no
Provenance
Franz Josef von Enzenberg (Lugt 845)
Stephan Delhaes (Lugt 761)
 
References
Bartsch XIII.324.13 (probably after Mantegna) info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Passavant V.105.13 info
Johann David Passavant, Le peintre-graveur, 6 vols., Leipzig 1860-64

Hind V.36.3 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

Levenson, Oberhuber, and Sheehan 1973, no. 88 (entry by
Jacquelin L. Seehen) info
Jay A. Levenson, Konrad Oberhuber, and Jacquelyn L. Sheehan, Early Italian Engravings from the National Gallery of Art, exhibition catalogue, Washington, National Gallery of Art 1973

Zucker in TIB 1984, 2511.018a info
Mark J. Zucker, Early Italian Masters, The Illustrated Bartsch, vol. 25, Part 2 (Commentary), New York 1984

Matile 1998, no. 44 info
Michael Matile, Frühe Italienische Druckgrafik 1460-1530, Bestandskatalog der Graphische Sammlung der ETH, Zürich, Basel 1998

Gramaccini and Meier 2009, no. 21 info
Norberto Gramaccini and Hans Jacob Meier, Die Kunst der Interpretation: Italienische Reproduktionsgrafik 1485-1600, Berlin and Munich 2009
 
Comment
Based on Mantegna's invention, and connected to a drawing in the Uffizi, inv. no. 395, developed from Mantegna's studies for the ceiling of the Camera degli Sposi, begun in 1464. See James Byam Shaw, 'A Group of Mantegnesque Drawings, and Their Relation to the Engravings of Mantegna's School', Old Master Drawings 11 (1937), pp. 59-60, pl. 56. On the different views on the relation between drawing and engraving, as well as its copies, see Zucker in TIB.
 
Inventory Number
5004
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 15th century: Mounted I
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