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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
Roman Soldiers Fighting the Dacians, from the Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae
 
Date
1553
 
Technique
engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
294 x 446 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
Signed at bottom centre with monogram: 'NB' and inscribed along the margin: 'Tabula marmorea, pugnae Dacicae: ex diruto Traiani, ut putatur, arcu; in Constantini cognomento magni; qua spectat Auentinum; ornatus causa; Romae, translata./Antonij Lafrerij seguani formis Romae 1553'
State
second state of three
 
Watermark
visible
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (Lugt 1966)
 
References
Bartsch XV.266.94 info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Hülsen 16a (first state of two) info
Christian Hülsen, 'Das Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae des Antonio Lafreri,' in Collectanea variae doctrinae Leoni S. Olschki, Monachii 1921, pp. 121-70

Bianchi 1981, pp. 100-101 (second state of three) info
Silvia Bianchi, 'Contributi per l'opera incisa di Nicolas Beatrizet,' Rassegna di studi e di notizie IX (1981), pp. 47-145.

Bianchi 2003–4, no. 102 (second state of two) 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
Reproduces with some alteration a section of the frieze of the demolished Arch of Traian, decorating today the Arch of Constantine (see Bober-Rubinstein 1986, 191, 158). The print was part of Lafreri's 1573 edition of the Speculum. For its pendant by an anonymous artist, a copy after Marco Dente (Bartsch XIV.167.206) and earlier falsely attributed to Nicolas Beatrizet, see Bianchi 2003-4, no. F 11.
 
Inventory Number
52150
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Mounted II
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