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Production People
Etienne Delaune (Print made by)artist bio
Delaune, Etienne
b ?Paris, c. 1519; d Paris, 1583
Title / Description
Minerva Sitting among Military Trophies, with Prisoners, from a series of twelve Friezes of Battles and Triumphs (R-D 281-92)
 
Date
before 1572-73
 
Technique
engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
67 x 222 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
Signed lower right: 'Stephanus F.' and inscribed: 'Cum pri. Regis'
State
first state of four
 
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (Lugt 1966)
 
References
Robert-Dumesnil IX.87.281 (first state of four) info
Alexandre P. Robert-Dumesnil, Le peintre-graveur francais, 11 vols., Paris 1835-71
 
Comment
The series, representing combats, victories and triumphal processions, derived ultimately from ancient art and was inspired by contemporaries as Léon Davent, Antonio Fantuzzi and Jean Mignon. The plates were published while Étienne Delaune was still in France, as proven by the French copyright. According to Robert-Dumesnil, the set is formed by two groups of prints (plates 1-4, 6, 7, 10, 12; and plates 5, 8, 9, 11) engraved at different dates. Delaune's preparatory drawings on parchment are preserved in the British Museum, inv. nos. 1931,0114.1 and 1931,0114.2, and at the Courtauld Institute, inv. nos. 4563 and 4564. This print was titled Bellona by Robert-Dumesnil.
 
Inventory Number
50205
 
Classification
Prints: French: 16th century: Mounted I
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