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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
Jupiter and Semele
 
Date
c. 1543-44
 
Technique
etching
Material
paper
Dimensions
212 x 293 mm (sheet, trimmed (oval))
Inscriptions
Signed with monogram on the left foot of the couch: 'LD'
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (Lugt 1966)
 
References
Bartsch XVI.397.54 (under Anonymous Artists, probably
by Léon Davent) info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Herbet I.21.5 (as Léon Davent) 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. 487, no. 5 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.11 info
Henri Zerner, Die Schule von Fontainebleau: Das graphische Werk, Vienna 1969

Paris 1972, no. 372 (entry by Henri Zerner) info
L'École de Fontainebleau, ed. Michel Laclotte, exhibition catalogue, Paris, Grand Palais 1972

Paris 2004, no. 13 (entry by Marianne Grivel) info
Primatice: Maître de Fontainebleau, eds. Dominique Cordellier and Bernadette Py, Paris, Musée du Louvre 2004
 
Comment
After Francesco Primaticcio's oval painting of 1541-44 in the Cabinet Nord leading to Galerie Francois I, destroyed under Louis XIV in 1701 when the castle was enlarged on that side, and substituted with Louis de Boullongne's Allegory of Francois I, Minerva and the Arts. According to Zerner in Paris 1972, Léon Davent made this print soon after he changed his technique from engraving to etching. He also etched the same subject in a rectangular format (Zerner LD. 68).
 
Inventory Number
52285
 
Classification
Prints: French: 16th century: Unmounted
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