Collection of Prints and Drawings

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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 (Probably after)artist bio
Giulio Romano [Pippi]
b Rome, ?1499; d Mantua, 1 Nov 1546

Giovanni Giacomo de' Rossi (Published by)artist bio
Rossi, Giovanni Giacomo de' Rossi [Rubeis de']
b 1627; d 1691
Title / Description
The Holy Family with St George, St Blaise, St Nicholas and St Catherine
 
Date
c. 1580-85
 
Technique
engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
380 x 246 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
Lettered in the margin at centre: 'NATIVITA DI NRO SIGNORE', at left: 'Giulio Romano Inuent.', at right: 'Adamo Scultore Mant. Scul.' and with publisher's address: 'Gio. Iacomo Rossi le stampa in Roma alla Pace'
State
fourth state of seven
 
Watermark
not visible through mount
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (not stamped)
 
References
Bartsch XV.419.6 (as after Giulio Romano) info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Le Blanc II.290.1 info
Charles Le Blanc, Manuel de l'amateur d'estampes, 4 vols., Paris 1854-90

Bellini 1991, no. 109 (fourth state of six) info
Paolo Bellini, L'opera incisa di Adamo e Diana Scultori, Vicenza 1991

Rome 1993, no. 135 (fourth state of seven) 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
The unfinished plate was perhaps completed by other engravers who also added the signature uncharacteristic of Adamo Scultori. The composition is regarded to have been designed by Giulio Romano and its style resembles his drawing in the Biblioteca Reale, Torino, inv. no. 15784, which is probably the model for a lost painting. However, the upper half of the composition clearly derives from Michelangelo's Separation of Land and Water in the Sistine Ceiling. Massari in Rome 1993 supposes lates states where Rossi's publisher's address was erased (fifth), then Losi's added (sixth), and finally Rossi's reengraved (seventh).
 
Inventory Number
5416
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Mounted I
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