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Production People
Anonymous Artist (Print made by)artist bio
Anonymous Artist

Francesco Salviati (After)artist bio
Salviati, Francesco (Cecchino) [Rossi, Francesco de]
b Florence, 1510; d Rome, 11 Nov 1563

Antonio Lafréry (Published by)artist bio
Lafréry, Antoine [Lafreri, Antonio]
b Orgelet, Jura, 1512; d Rome, 20 July 1577
Title / Description
The Birth of Adonis
 
Date
1544
 
Technique
engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
316 x 433 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
Inscribed in the margin: 'O matris pellex fratris materque sororqe/Mutata erepta est vitaque morsque tibi//Cortice sub tenero matris Cinyreius infans/Lucinam vagit qua modo voce potest//Mitis adest Dea, nerba puerpera dicit, arbor/Finditur, in lucem pulcher Adonivenis./Delitiae Veneris matrisque ulturefurorem/Hac olim forma simoueatur aper.' Lafreri's publisher's address and the date were probably cut from the margin at lower right.
State
only state
 
WatermarkWatermark
visible, height: 104 mm, width: 30 mm
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (not stamped)
 
References
Bartsch XV.42.12 (as School of Raimondi after a
Florentine Artist) info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Passavant VI.86.97 (as School of Raimondi) info
Johann David Passavant, Le peintre-graveur, 6 vols., Leipzig 1860-64

Cirillo Archer in TIB 1995, 2801.048 (Anonymous Artist
after Francesco Salviati, only state) info
Madeline Cirillo Archer, Italian Masters of the Sixteenth Century, The Illustrated Bartsch, vol. 28, Part 1 (Commentary), New York 1995

Bianchi 2003–4, no. F 5 (falsely attributed to
Nicolas Beatrizet, only state) info
Silvia Bianchi, 'Catalogo dell'opera incisa di Nicola Beatrizet,' Grafica d'arte 14 (2003) 54, pp. 3-12; 14 (2003) 55, pp. 3-12; 14 (2003) 56, pp. 3-12; 15 (2004), 57, pp. 3-13
 
Comment
The print had been identified as one of a series after designs by Francesco Salviati around 1539. It was sometimes attributed to Girolamo Fagiuoli. Le Blanc (in Manuel... II, 482) and Borea (1980, 272, 727) attributed it to Nicolas Beatrizet, which is rejected by Bianchi. Massari proposed Enea Vico as its author (1989, 274, 105).
 
Inventory Number
5894
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Mounted I
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