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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

Michelangelo (After)artist bio
Michelangelo (Buonarroti) [Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni]
b Caprese, ?6 March 1475; d Rome, 18 Feb 1564

Antonio Salamanca (Published by)artist bio
Salamanca, Antonio (Martínez [Martini; Martino] de)
b ?Salamanca, Spain, 1478; d Rome, 5 July, 1562
Title / Description
Tityus and the Vulture
 
Technique
engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
285 x 377 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
Inscribed lower left: 'MICH A B/INVENT', with publisher's address at right: 'ANT SALAMAC/EXCVDEBAT' and lettered in the margin: 'TITIVS GIGAS WLTVRE DIVERSIS Q PENIS LACERATVS'
State
first state of five
 
Watermark
visible, height: 75 mm, width: 45 mm
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (not stamped)
 
References
Bartsch XV.259.39 info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Le Blanc I.218.31 info
Charles Le Blanc, Manuel de l'amateur d'estampes, 4 vols., Paris 1854-90

Robert-Dumesnil IX.153.33 (first state of three) info
Alexandre P. Robert-Dumesnil, Le peintre-graveur francais, 11 vols., Paris 1835-71

Bianchi 1981, pp. 86-87 (first state of five) info
Silvia Bianchi, 'Contributi per l'opera incisa di Nicolas Beatrizet,' Rassegna di studi e di notizie IX (1981), pp. 47-145.

Davis 1988, no. 6 info
Bruce Davis, Mannerist Prints: International Style in the Sixteenth Century, exhibition catalogue, Los Angeles, County Museum of Art 1988

Bianchi 2003–4, no. 33 (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
Traditionally regarded as Nicolas Beatrizet's original print and accepted as such by Bianchi and Davis, while Massari regarded Bianchi's copy B as original. The print reproduces in reverse Michelangelo's drawing of 1532 for Tommaso Cavalieri (Windsor, Royal Library, inv. no. 12771), with the addition of the background containing ruins of the Forum of Nerva in Rome. The ruins are similar to those of Etienne Dupérac's plate 6 of the series Vestigi dell'Antichita di Roma, executed in 1575. Because this was made later than the first edition of Beatrizet's print, it could not have been its source. Bianchi in 1981 stated that the background was added by the printmaker, while Davis supposed that Beatrizet and Dupérac worked from the same unknown drawing of the site.
 
Inventory Number
52159
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Unmounted
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