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Production People
Andrea Andreani (Print made by)artist bio
Andreani, Andrea
b Mantua, 1558-9; d 15 February 1629
Title / Description
The Rape of a Sabine Woman
 
Date
1584
 
Technique
chiaroscuro woodcut from four blocks in grey
Material
paper
Dimensions
453 x 207 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
Signed, dated and inscribed lower left: 'Rapta Sabina a Ioa:/Bolong:marm:exculpta/Andreas Andreani Mant. inci./atque Equiti Nicc. Gaddio/dicauit MDLXXXIV. Flor'
Watermark
illegible
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (Lugt 1966)
 
References
Bartsch XII.93.1 info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Kolloff 1872, p. 722, no. 28 info
Eduard Kolloff, 'Andrea Andreani,' in Julius Meyer, Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon, vol. 1, Leipzig 1872, pp. 715-27

Pittaluga 1930, p. 253 info
Mary Pittaluga, L'incisione italiana nel Cinquecento, Milan 1930

Goldfarb 1981, pp. 318-21 info
Hilliard T. Goldfarb, 'Chiaroscuro Woodcut Technique and Andrea Andreani,' The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 67 (1981), pp. 307-30

Matile 2003, no. 73 info
Michael Matile, Italienische Holzschnitte der Renaissance und des Barock, Bestandskatalog der Graphische Sammlung der ETH, Zürich, Basel 2003

Gramaccini and Meier 2009, no. 210 info
Norberto Gramaccini and Hans Jacob Meier, Die Kunst der Interpretation: Italienische Reproduktionsgrafik 1485-1600, Berlin and Munich 2009

Hinterding 2005, no. 64 info
Erik Hinterding, Chiaroscuro Woodcuts from the Frits Lugt Collection in Paris, exhibition catalogue, Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art 2005

Gnann 2013, no. 193 info
Achim Gnann, In Farbe! Clair-obscur-Holzschnitte der Renaissance aus der Sammlung Baselitz und der Albertina, exhibition catalogue, Albertina, Vienna, 2013
 
Comment
There are three chiaroscuro woodcuts reproducing, from different views, Giambologna's marble statue of the Rape of a Sabine Woman, commissioned by the Grand Duke de'Medici for the Logga dei Lanzi in 1583. The direct model for Andrea Andreani's prints was not the statue itself; for two of the represented views, he probably used an anonymous woodcut. The hidden view of the third woodcut, however, might have been inspired by the original statue. The print was made during Andreani's stay in Florence in 1584 and dedicated to Bernard Vecchietti, one of his most important patrons.
 
Inventory Number
6214
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Mounted I
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