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

Andrea Boscoli (After)artist bio
Boscoli, Andrea
fl 1550–1606

Bernardo Buontalenti (After)artist bio
Buontalenti, Bernardo [Bernardo delle Girandole]
b Florence, c. 1531; d Florence, 6 June 1608
Title / Description
Harmony of the Spheres
 
Date
c. 1589-92
 
Technique
etching, engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
240 x 347 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
Signed with monogram lower right: 'A.C.F.'
State
first state of three
 
Watermark
visible, height: 42 mm, width: 40 mm
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (Lugt 1966)
 
References
Bartsch XVIII.106.121 (first state of two) info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Bohlin 1979, no. 153 (first state of three) 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, 3901.186.S1 (first state of three) 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 represents the first of the six intermezzi designed by Bernardo Buontalenti for Girolamo Bargagli's comedy titled La Pellegrina, performed on the occasion of Ferdinand I de Medici's marriage of 1589. The six intermezzi were reproduced as part of a group of 32 prints commemorating the wedding festivities. Two of the six were executed by Agostino, the four others by Epifanio d'Alfiano. There is a drawing by Buontalenti in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, inv. no. E.1186-1931, however, Agostino worked from its copy by Andrea Boscoli, today in the Uffizi, inv. no. 15115F. For two related drawings by Agostino, see Bohn in TIB.
 
Inventory Number
6061
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Mounted I
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