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Production People
Adamo Scultori (Print made by)artist bio
Scultori [Mantovano], Adamo
b Mantua, c. 1530; d 21 or 22 May, 1585

Giulio Romano (After)artist bio
Giulio Romano [Pippi]
b Rome, ?1499; d Mantua, 1 Nov 1546
Title / Description
Hercules at the Crossroads
 
Date
1563-65
 
Technique
engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
194 x 282 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
Signed lower right with monogram 'AS', lettered in the margin: 'DELIBERATIO OMNIVM DIFFICILLIMA', inscribed on the verso in pen and brown ink by the collector Lenormand du Coudray: 'L[illegible letters] 4.7.1756'
State
only state
 
WatermarkWatermark
visible, height: 91 mm, width: 39 mm
Provenance
Lenormand du Coudray (Lugt 1706)
Nikolaus Esterházy (Lugt 1966)
 
References
Bartsch XV.425.26 info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Le Blanc II.290.90 info
Charles Le Blanc, Manuel de l'amateur d'estampes, 4 vols., Paris 1854-90

Bellini 1991, no. 20 (only state) info
Paolo Bellini, L'opera incisa di Adamo e Diana Scultori, Vicenza 1991

Rome 1993, no. 130 (only state) info
Giulio Romano pinxit et delineavit: Opere grafiche autografe di collaborazione e bottega, Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, ed. Stefania Massari, exhibition catalogue, Rome, Palazzo della Farnesina 1993
 
Comment
Related to the stucco designed by Giulio Romano in Sala dei Candelabri, Palazzo del Te, Mantua. Hercules's figure repeats that in Adamo Scultori's Hercules and a Woman Seated, see Bartsch XV.420.10, inv. no. 5413, while the woman to the left reflects a drawing in Teylers Museum, Haarlem, inv. no. K 76. The plate was listed in the inventories of de' Rossi before it entered the Calcografia, Rome.
 
Inventory Number
5400
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Mounted I
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