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

Luca Penni (Probably after)artist bio
Penni, Luca [Romanus]
b Florence, 1500–04; d Paris, 12 April 1557

Francesco Primaticcio (Probably after)artist bio
Primaticcio, Francesco
b Bologna, 1504-5; d Paris, between 2 March and 14 Sept 1570
Title / Description
Adonis Pursuing Calydon's Boar
 
Date
1547
 
Technique
etching
Material
paper
Dimensions
310 x 394 mm (sheet, trimmed)
Inscriptions
Signed with monogram and dated lower centre: 'L.D.1547'
State
first state of two
 
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (Lugt 1966)
 
References
Bartsch XVI.324.48 (as after Luca Penni) info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Le Blanc IV.30.43 info
Charles Le Blanc, Manuel de l'amateur d'estampes, 4 vols., Paris 1854-90

Herbet I.33.62 (as after Luca Penni) 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.77 (as after Francesco Primaticcio) info
Henri Zerner, Die Schule von Fontainebleau: Das graphische Werk, Vienna 1969

Paris 1972, no. 386 (as after Francesco Primaticcio,
entry by Henri Zerner) info
L'École de Fontainebleau, ed. Michel Laclotte, exhibition catalogue, Paris, Grand Palais 1972

Albricci 1982, no. 17 (as after Luca Penni, first state
of two) info
Gioconda Albricci, 'Luca Penni e i suoi incisori,' Rassegna di studi e di notizie 10 (1982), pp. 69-166

Davis 1988, no. 72 (as after Francesco Primaticcio) info
Bruce Davis, Mannerist Prints: International Style in the Sixteenth Century, exhibition catalogue, Los Angeles, County Museum of Art 1988

Paris 2004, pp. 276-77 (text by Laura Aldovini) info
Primatice: Maître de Fontainebleau, eds. Dominique Cordellier and Bernadette Py, Paris, Musée du Louvre 2004
 
Comment
From a set of three prints representing hunting and fishing scenes, each is an oval within a rectangle, bearing the monogram and the date 1547 (Zerner LD.77 to LD.79). The attribution of the original design had always been debated: it was given to Luca Penni or Francesco Primaticcio. Bartsch did not recognize the three prints as a set and attributed two of them to Penni and one to Primaticcio. Suzanne Boorsch in Los Angeles 1994 pointed out that the images evidence characteristics of both artists and hypothesizes that the drawings followed by Léon Davent may have been Primaticcio's inventions copied by Penni, as was the case with the Master of Joseph's House Searching Through his Brother's Sacks in Windsor Castle, inv. no. RL 5094, which she regards a copy by Penni after Primaticcio. For the latter composition, see Léon Davent's etching, our inv. no. 52270. The compositions were probably intended for the Appartement des Bains or the Grotto of the Garden of the Pines, and were probably designed by Primaticcio to be executed by Penni. Davis noted that the compositions are related to the tondi in Palazzo del Te, Mantua, for which the drawings by Giulio Romano were brought to France by Primaticcio (Louvre, inv. nos. 3560, 3561). For a complete description of the series, see Aldovini in Paris 2004, pp. 276-77.
 
Inventory Number
52262
 
Classification
Prints: French: 16th century: Unmounted
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