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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
Title / Description
Portrait of Cosimo de' Medici
 
Date
1586
 
Technique
engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
274 x 187 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
Inscribed above the portrait: ' COSMVS MEDICES MAG. DVX ETRVRIAE. I.'
State
second state of two
 
Watermark
no
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (Lugt 1966)
 
References
Bartsch XVIII.112.140 (the portrait probably by Martino
Rota, the frame by Agostino Carracci) info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Bohlin 1979, no. 136 (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

Hollstein German, XXV.23.3 (the portrait by Melchior
Meier, the frame by Agostino Carracci, second state of
two) info
Friedrich W. H. Hollstein, German Etchings, Engravings, and Woodcuts, ca. 1450-1700, Amsterdam 1954-

Bohn in TIB 1995, 3901.129.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
 
Comment
The print illustrated Aldo Manuzio's biography of Cosimo I de' Medici, published in Bologna in 1586. According to Bohn in TIB, the book was illustrated with ornamental woodcuts and four engravings, three of which were designed entirely by Agostino and one only partially. Because of its difference from the decorative frame, early scholars suggested that the portrait may be by Martino Rota, Cherubino Alberti, Agostino or Annibale Carracci. However, a contemporary letter proves that the portrait's engraver was Cesare dal Borgo, therefore only the ornamental framework can be Agostino's work. The portrait is after Giovanni Battista Naldini's painting of c. 1585, today in the Uffizi, Florence.
 
Inventory Number
6024
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Mounted I
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