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Production People
Giulio Bonasone (Print made by)artist bio
Bonasone, Giulio (di Antonio)
b Bologna, c. 1510; d Bologna, after 1576

Perino del Vaga (Probably after)artist bio
Perino [Perin] del Vaga [Buonaccorsi, Pietro]
b Florence, 1501; d Rome, 20 Oct 1547
Title / Description
Silenus Riding on an Ass
 
Date
c. 1544-47
 
Technique
engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
140 x 221 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
Signed lower left: 'I BONAHSO F'
State
first state of three
 
WatermarkWatermark
visible, height: 71 mm, width: 50 mm
Provenance
unidentified (with collector's mark omega)
Nikolaus Esterházy (not stamped)
 
References
Bartsch XV.135.88 info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Massari 1983, no. 95 (first state of three) info
Stefania Massari, Giulio Bonasone, exhibition catalogue, 2 vols., Rome, Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica 1983

Cirillo Archer in TIB 1995, 2803.088.S1 (first state of
three) info
Madeline Cirillo Archer, Italian Masters of the Sixteenth Century, The Illustrated Bartsch, vol. 28, Part 1 (Commentary), New York 1995
 
Comment
Bartsch supposed it was Giulio Bonasone's invention, but it derives from a Roman sarcophagus relief of the Triumph of Bacchus and Ariadne, such as the one today in Woburn Abbey. According to Massari and Cirillo Archer in TIB, Bonasone used an intermediary source, most likely a drawing by Perino del Vaga, as there are drawings of this type in the Louvre (inv. no. 593) and the Victoria and Albert Museum (inv. no. 9092) attributed to him. Battista Franco (Bartsch XVI.45.134) and Agostino Musi (Bartsch XIV.192.240) also engraved this composition. The plate was later published by Pietro de Nobilis.
 
Inventory Number
6405
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Mounted I
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