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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
Title / Description
The River God Nile, from the Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae
 
Date
before 1570
 
Technique
engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
334 x 548 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
Inscribed upper left: 'VETERUM MONUMENTORUM STUDIOSE LECTOR QUM EXCELLENS ANTIQUOR SCULPTORUM EX HAC TABELLA INGENIUM LAUDAVERIS NATURAE DEINCEPS MIRACULA QUAE IN EA EXCUSA VISUNTUR CONTEMPLARE NILI AEGYPTII AMNIS TOTIUS ORBIS MAXIMI HEIC TIBEI SIMULACHRUM PROPONITUR QUOIUS SINGULA AD XVI CUBITORUM INCREMENTA TOTIDEM PUERI INDICANT ANIMAL QUO NILI IMAGO NITITUR ORE VIRGINIS RELIQUO CORPORE LEONIS IULIUM ATQUE AUGUSTUM QUE IS CRESCIT DECRESCITQUE DESIGNAT QUOD PER ILLOS MENSEIS SOL EA SIGNA TENERE INCIPI AT FRUCTUUM ET FLORUM ABUNDANTIAM CORNUCOPIAE DEMONSTRAT ADSUNT ANIMALLA FLUMINI TERRAE Q. PROPRIA ET PROPE RIPAS ADNASCENTIA VIRGULTA SE EXIGUUS Q. SCINCOS PRAECIPUUS CROCODILO HOSTIS AGILES DEMUM HOMUNCULI TENTYRITAE NILI ACCOLAE HEI SUNT QUOS LINTRIBUS VEHI VIDES DEFORMES AC STATURA PARVI VERUM ANIMI PRAESENTIA MAGNI QUEIS SOLIS ET VI ET ASTURA CONCESSUM HERBAE VERO SECUNDUM RIPAS NASCENTES COLOCASSIA PAPIRUS AEGYPTIA Q. CALAMUS SUNT HAEC OMNIA TIBI ANT. LAFRERI AENEA TABULA NUNC PROPERT EX ANTIQUO SIMULACHRO QUOD IN VATICANO ADHUC CONSPICITUR EXACTE EFFIGIATA'
State
first state of four
 
WatermarkWatermark
visible, height: 75 mm, width: 43 mm
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (not stamped)
 
References
Bartsch XV.266.95 info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Robert-Dumesnil IX.172.99 info
Alexandre P. Robert-Dumesnil, Le peintre-graveur francais, 11 vols., Paris 1835-71

Hülsen 61a (first state of five) info
Christian Hülsen, 'Das Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae des Antonio Lafreri,' in Collectanea variae doctrinae Leoni S. Olschki, Monachii 1921, pp. 121-70

McGinniss 1976, no. 445 info
Lawrence R. McGinniss, Catalogue of the Earl of Crawford's Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae now in the Avery Architectural Library, New York 1976

Bianchi 1981, pp- 102-3 (first state of four) 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. 103 (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
Reproduces the antique statue in the Vatican Museum. The print was part of Lafreri's 1573 edition of the Speculum. The same subject was engraved also By Cherubino Alberti in 1576.
 
Inventory Number
52154
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Mounted II
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