Collection of Prints and Drawings

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Production People
Agostino Carracci (Print made by)artist bio
Carracci, Agostino
b Bologna, 15 Aug 1557; d Parma, 22 March 1602

Donato Rasciotti (Published by)artist bio
Rasciotti, Donato [Rascicotti, Donato; Rasicotti, Donato; Rasciotti, Donato; Rosigotti, Donato; Rascichotti, Donato]
fl. 1572-1612
Title / Description
Orpheus and Eurydice, from the series Lascivie
 
Date
c. 1594-97
 
Technique
engraving, squared in pencil
Material
paper
Dimensions
150 x 106 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
Inscribed with publisher's address lower right: 'Venetiis Donati Rascicotti formis'
State
second state of two
 
Watermark
not visible through mount
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (Lugt 1966)
 
References
Bartsch XVIII.107.123 info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Bohlin 1979, no. 178 (second state of two) info
Diane DeGrazia Bohlin, Prints and Related Drawings by the Carracci Family: A Catalogue Raisonné, National Gallery of Art, Washington 1979

Bohn in TIB 1995, 3901.197.S2 (second state of two) info
Babette Bohn, Italian Masters of the Sixteenth-Century: Agostino Carracci, The Illustrated Bartsch, vol. 39, Part 1 (Commentary), New York 1995

Bury 2001, under nos. 137-140 info
Michael Bury, The Print in Italy 1550-1620, exhibition catalogue, London, The British Museum 2001
 
Comment
The series includes thirteen small engravings designed by Agostino Carracci himself. They represent biblical and mythological subjects, and are less explicitly sexual than Marcantonio's series I modi. Two more prints had earlier been included in the Lascivie series but are now separated for their difference in style and size, see Bartsch XVIII.102.114 and XVIII.110.136. Lacking any inscription in the first states, the dating of the series has been disputed, see Bohn in TIB. According to Michael Bury in 2001, it is unclear whether the Lascivie were actually a series or just a number of different prints that were later given a a group name. There are uncertainties also with the number of prints constituting the Lascivie, as well as with their dating, see Bury 2001. Bury claims many of the core group of thirteen prints in the Lascivie may be dated to 1585-90, while Bartsch 134 looks different and must have been done earlier. This might suggest that the beginnings of this group lay in Agostino's first visit to Venice in 1582. Bury argues that it is therefore unlikely that the prints formed a conventional series, rather, as Agostino engraved new plates, he made them conform to the same general format. The plates were supposedly published in Venice, which was not a welcoming place to erotic images; this may be the reason why none of the prints indicates its authorship and the publisher's address appears only on Orpheus and Eurydice.
 
Inventory Number
6009
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Mounted I
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