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Production People
Léon Davent (Print made by)artist bio
Davent, Léon [L.D.]
fl 1540-56

Luca Penni (After)artist bio
Penni, Luca [Romanus]
b Florence, 1500–04; d Paris, 12 April 1557
Title / Description
Justice, frontispiece to the series of Capital Sins
 
Date
c. 1547
 
Technique
etching, engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
264 x 295 mm (sheet, trimmed (oval))
Inscriptions
Signed with monogram lower left: 'LD' and inscribed: 'CON FRINGE. EOS. IN VIRGA FERREA'; inscription from lower centre naming the designer has been trimmed.
State
first? state of two
 
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (Lugt 1966)
 
References
Bartsch undescribed info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Herbet I.33.65 info
Felix Herbet, Les graveurs de l'École de Fontainebleau, unchanged reprint of the articles published in the Annales de la Société Historique & Archéologique du Gatinas 1896-1902, Amsterdam 1969

Zerner 1969, LD.85 info
Henri Zerner, Die Schule von Fontainebleau: Das graphische Werk, Vienna 1969

Albricci 1982, no. 26 (first? state of two) info
Gioconda Albricci, 'Luca Penni e i suoi incisori,' Rassegna di studi e di notizie 10 (1982), pp. 69-166
 
Comment
Frontispiece to the series representing the capital sins (Zerner LD.85 to LD.92). According to Zerner, seven of the eight plates were etched by Léon Davent, while the one representing Sloth is a work by an anonymous artist who also finished the print representing Lust; these two plates are only known in one state. The first states of the rest of the prints are only etched, while the second states have additional burin work perhaps by the artist executing the above mentioned two plates. See 'Fontainebleau et l'estampe en France au XVIe siècle, iconographie et contradictions', exhibition catalogue Nemours 1985, no. 161. For the iconography of the series see Kathleen Wilson-Chevalier, 'Sebastian Brandt: The Key to Understanding Luca Penni's Justice and the Seven Deadly Sins', Art Bulletin 1996, vol. 78, no. 2, pp. 236-63. Penni was in possession of each plate, as documented by his inventory of 12 April 1557. This frontispiece, not described by Bartsch, indicates Penni's role as designer, who was most probably responsible for the whole series.
 
Inventory Number
52254
 
Classification
Prints: French: 16th century: Unmounted
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