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Production People
Nicolas Beatrizet (Print made by)artist bio
Beatrizet, Nicolas
b Thionville, 1507, or Lunaville, 1515; d Rome, c. 1565

Antonio Lafréry (Published by)artist bio
Lafréry, Antoine [Lafreri, Antonio]
b Orgelet, Jura, 1512; d Rome, 20 July 1577
Title / Description
The Castel Sant' Angelo, from the Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae
 
Technique
engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
338 x 468 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
Inscribed upper right: 'CASTELLO/S/ANGELO/DI/ROMA' and lettered upper left: 'EN TIBI QUISQUIS ES LECTOR IUCUNDISSIME QUEM AENEIS NICOLAI BEATRICII LOTHARINGI PERELEGANTER FORMIS REPRAESENTATA ROMANOR[UM] CAESARUM AEDIFICIA DELECTANT IMP[ERATORIS] CAESARIS HADRIANI AUG[USTI] EFFIGIATUM HAUD INEPTE MAUSOLEUM QUOD ET BONIFACIUS NONUS E TOMACELLA FAMILIA PONT[IFEX] MAXIMUS PRIMUS OMNIUM IN CASTRI FORMAM COMMUNIIT IDQ[UE] ETIAM POST ILLUM ALEXANDER BORGIUS SEXTUS HUIUS NOMINIS PONT[IFEX] MAX[IMUS] CAROLI VIII GALLORUM REGIS CONSILIO IN HANC QUAM VIDES ADMIRANDAE MUNITIONIS FORMAM REDEGIT. VALE.'
State
first state of four
 
WatermarkWatermark
visible, height: 45 mm, width: 45 mm
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (not stamped)
 
References
Bartsch XV.269.101 (first state of two) info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Hülsen 89a (first state of three) info
Christian Hülsen, 'Das Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae des Antonio Lafreri,' in Collectanea variae doctrinae Leoni S. Olschki, Monachii 1921, pp. 121-70

Bianchi 2003–4, no. 110 (first state of four) info
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
 
Comment
Belonged to Antonio Lafreri's 1573 edition of the Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae. Later published by Duchetti, Orlandi and Van Schoel. Hülsen thought the later states were not printed from the original plate, but this was denied by M. Fischer in 'Lafreris Speculum...' in Berliner Museen XXII, 1972, pp. 11-12, and also refused by Bianchi.
 
Inventory Number
52135
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Mounted II
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