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

Francesco Primaticcio (After)artist bio
Primaticcio, Francesco
b Bologna, 1504-5; d Paris, between 2 March and 14 Sept 1570
Title / Description
Hercules and Omphale
 
Date
c. 1540-45
 
Technique
etching, engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
222 x 408 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
Signed with monogram lower right: 'LD', inscribed on the verso in pen and brown ink: 'P. mariette 1660'
Provenance
Pierre II Mariette (Lugt 1787, Lugt 1788)
Nikolaus Esterházy (Lugt 1966)
 
References
Bartsch XVI.325.50 info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Herbet I.19.2 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

Dimier 1900, p. 486, no. 2 info
Louis Dimier, Le Primatice: Peintre, sculpteur et architecte des rois de France: Essai sur la vie et les ouvrages de cet artiste, suivi d'un catalogue raisonné de ses dessins et de ses compositions gravées, Paris 1900

Zerner 1969, LD.9 info
Henri Zerner, Die Schule von Fontainebleau: Das graphische Werk, Vienna 1969

Los Angeles, New York, and Paris 1994, no. 45 (entry by
Suzanne Boorsch) info
The French Renaissance in Prints from the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, ed. Karen Jacobson, exhibition catalogue, Los Angeles, UCLA at the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Paris, Bibliotheque Nationale de France 1994

Paris 2004, under no. 48 (entry by Dominique
Cordellier) info
Primatice: Maître de Fontainebleau, eds. Dominique Cordellier and Bernadette Py, Paris, Musée du Louvre 2004
 
Comment
After Francesco Primaticcio's painting of c. 1535 in the portico of Porte Dorée, once the principal entrance to the Fontainebleau castle. The preparatory drawing in Chatsworth, Devonshire Collection, inv. no. 182, in reverse and incised for transfer, was probably the model for this print, see Paris 2004, no. 48. The scene illustrates an episode from Ovid's Fasti. The opposite wall of the portico showed the earlier episode of the story, which was etched by Antonio Fantuzzi (Zerner AF.17) and Léon Davent (Zerner LD.10), probably after Primaticcio's drawing in the Albertina, Vienna (inv. no. 1577). Primaticcio's study for the figure of Hercules is in the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, inv. no. M. 1156, see Paris 2007, no. 47.
 
Inventory Number
52261
 
Classification
Prints: French: 16th century: Mounted I
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