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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

Pietro Stefanoni (Published by)artist bio
Stefanoni, Pietro
b Vastagna, near Vicenza c. 1557; d Rome c. 1642
Title / Description
Omnia vincit Amor
 
Date
1599
 
Technique
engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
124 x 185 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
Signed and dated lower right: '1599 A.C.IN.', inscribed upper centre: 'Omnia vincit Amor'. Publisher's monogram 'PSF' has been trimmed from below the margin.
State
only state
 
Watermark
no
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (Lugt 1966)
 
References
Bartsch XVIII.103.116 info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Bohlin 1979, no. 210 (only state) 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, 3901.216 (only state) info
Babette Bohn, Italian Masters of the Sixteenth-Century: Agostino Carracci, The Illustrated Bartsch, vol. 39, Part 1 (Commentary), New York 1995
 
Comment
This was one of Agostino Carracci's most popular prints, of which ten copies are known. It had been regarded as his own invention, however, the two female figures may derive from Annibale Carracci's painting of Diana and Callisto, today in the collection of the Duke of Sutherland. Agostino was surely the designer of the figures of Pan and Cupid. His preparatory drawing of the whole composition, preserved in the Stadelisches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt, inv. no. 4059, differs in many details from the engraving, therefore may not have been its direct model. Bohlin suggested that Agostino probably planned a second erotic series (after the first called Lascivie) which included this print.
 
Inventory Number
6022
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Mounted I
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