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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

Giulio Romano (After)artist bio
Giulio Romano [Pippi]
b Rome, ?1499; d Mantua, 1 Nov 1546
Title / Description
Jupiter, Neptune, and Pluto Dividing the Universe, plate 1 from a series of four prints entitled The Division of the Universe
 
Date
c. 1546-50
 
Technique
engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
205 x 273 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
no
State
only state
 
Watermark
no
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (not stamped)
 
References
Bartsch XV.137.93 info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Le Blanc I.413.82 info
Charles Le Blanc, Manuel de l'amateur d'estampes, 4 vols., Paris 1854-90

Albricci 1976, p. 58 (as Giovanni Battista Scultori) info
Gioconda Albricci, 'The Engravings of Giovanni Battista Scultori,' Print Collector - Il conoscitore di stampe 33-34 (1976), pp. 10-63

Massari 1983, no. 111 (only state) info
Stefania Massari, Giulio Bonasone, exhibition catalogue, 2 vols., Rome, Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica 1983

Rome 1993, no. 56 (only state) info
Giulio Romano pinxit et delineavit: Opere grafiche autografe di collaborazione e bottega, Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, ed. Stefania Massari, exhibition catalogue, Rome, Palazzo della Farnesina 1993

Cirillo Archer in TIB 1995, 2803.093 (only state) info
Madeline Cirillo Archer, Italian Masters of the Sixteenth Century, The Illustrated Bartsch, vol. 28, Part 1 (Commentary), New York 1995
 
Comment
The four prints of the series, of similar size and style, are based on designs by Giulio Romano and his school dedicated to the infancy and youth of Jupiter. Massari in Rome 1993 claimed that these twelve images, of which several have survived, are related to the decoration of the Sala dei Giganti in Palazzo del Te, or Camerino dei Cesari in the Palazzo Ducale, Mantua. The prints had been attributed to Giovanni Battista Scultori by Giorgio Vasari (ed. Milanesi vol. V, p. 550) which was also confirmed by Gioconda Albricci in 1976. Scultori's influence is indeed visible especially in the first two prints. Cirillo Archer in TIB dates the series to the late 1530s - early 1540s, while Massari in Rome 1993 to c. 1546-50.
 
Inventory Number
6407
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Mounted I
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