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Production People
Cristofano Robetta (Print made by)artist bio
Robetta [Cristofano di Michele Martini]
b Florence, bapt 17 Nov 1462; d ?Florence, after 1534
Title / Description
Venus Surrounded by Cupids; Allegorical Figure with Children
 
Date
c. 1500-20
 
Technique
engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
252 x 186 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
Signed on a tablet hangig from the tree: 'ROBETTA' [scored through]
State
first state of two
 
Watermark
no
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (Lugt 1966)
 
References
Bartsch XIII.403.18 info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Hind I.205.28 (first state of two) 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

Bellini 1973, no. 30 (first state of two) info
Paolo Bellini, Catalogo completo dell'opera grafica del Robetta, Milan 1973

Levenson, Oberhuber, and Sheehan 1973, no. 121 (entry
by Jacqelyn L. Sheehan) 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, 2521.036.S1 (first state of two) info
Mark J. Zucker, Early Italian Masters, The Illustrated Bartsch, vol. 25, Part 2 (Commentary), New York 1984

Matile 1998, no. 60 info
Michael Matile, Frühe Italienische Druckgrafik 1460-1530, Bestandskatalog der Graphische Sammlung der ETH, Zürich, Basel 1998
 
Comment
Several details of the landscape reflect Dürer's famous engraving of St Eustace of c.1501 (Bartsch VII.73.57), and the child sitting on a rock in the foreground is identical to the little Abel in Robetta's last versions of Adam and Eve with their Children (Bartsch XIII.395.4 and XIII.396.6). Hind noted that the composition is reproduced in a stained glass window of 1577 by a German Artisan, now in the Abbey Folk Park and Museum, New Barnet.
 
Inventory Number
5035
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 15th century: Mounted I
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