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Production People
Baccio Baldini (Print made by)artist bio
Baldini, Baccio
b ?1436; ? bur Florence, 12 Dec 1487

Sandro Botticelli (After)artist bio
Botticelli, Sandro [Filipepi, Alessandro (di Mariano di Vanni)]
b Florence, 1444-5; d Florence, 17 May 1510

Niccolò; della Magna (Published by)artist bio
Magna, Niccolò; [Niccolò (di) Lorenzo della Magna (dell'Allemagna)]
Title / Description
Canto I, from a series of twenty prints illustrating Dante's Inferno
 
Date
1481
 
Technique
engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
94 x 172 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
no
State
only state
 
Watermark
no
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (Lugt 1966)
 
References
Bartsch XIII.175.37 info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Ottley 1816, vol. 1, pp. 415-16, no. I info
William Young Ottley, An Inquiry Into the Origin and Early History of Engraving, Upon Copper and in Wood, With an Account of Engravers and Their Works, from the Invention of Chalcography by Maso Finiguerra, to the Time of Marc'Antonio Raimondi, London 1816

Hind 1910, p. 87, no. A.V.2(1) info
Arthur Mayger Hind, Catalogue of Early Italian Engravings Preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum, ed. Sidney Colvin, London 1910

Hind vol. 1, p. 110, no. A.V.2(1) 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

Lightbown 1978, no. E1 info
Ronald W. Lightbown, Sandro Botticelli, Berkeley and Los Angeles 1978

Zucker in TIB 1993, 2403.093 (only state) info
Mark J. Zucker, Early Italian Masters, The Illustrated Bartsch, vol. 24, Part 1 (Commentary), New York 1993

Berlin, Rome, and London 2000-1, (essay by Peter
Keller, pp. 326-33) info
Sandro Botticelli: Der Bilderzyklus zu Dantes Göttlicher Komödie, exhibition by Hein-Thomas Schulze Altcappenberg, Berlin, Ausstellungshallen am Kulturforum, Rome, Scuderie Papali al Quirinale, and London, Royal Academy of Arts 2000-1
 
Comment
The engraving illustrates the printed edition of Dante's Divine Comedy with the commentary of Cristoforo Landino, published in Florence on 30 August 1481 by Nicolo di Lorenzo della Magna. According to Peter Dreyer, the series should rather be dated 1482-87, see 'Botticelli's Series of Engravings of 1481', Print Quarterly 1 (1984), pp. 111-15. For the series, see Lutz S. Malke, Das Fortwirken von Botticellis Miniatur-Unterzeichnungen in illustrierten Commedia-Drucken 'figuro lo Inferno e lo mise in stampa', in Dantes Göttliche Komödie: Drucke und Illustrationen aus Sechs Jahrhunderten, ed. Lutz S. Malke, exhibition catalogue, Berlin, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin 2000, pp. 17-44; and Keller in Berlin, Rome, and London 2000-1, pp. 326-33 (also proposing a later dating). The print is similar with many details of Botticelli's drawing in the Vatican Library, Rome, see Berlin, Rome, and London 2000-1, p. 41 (repr).
 
Inventory Number
5069
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 15th century: Mounted I
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