Collection of Prints and Drawings
Zoltán Kárpáti and Eszter Seres, Italian and French Prints before 1620
©Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
 
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
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna
1803-21, XV.137.93
Charles Le Blanc, Manuel de l'amateur
d'estampes, 4 vols., Paris 1854-90, I.413.82
Gioconda Albricci, 'The Engravings of Giovanni
Battista Scultori,' Print Collector - Il
conoscitore di stampe 33-34 (1976), pp. 10-63, p. 58
(as Giovanni Battista Scultori)
Stefania Massari, Giulio Bonasone, exhibition
catalogue, 2 vols., Rome, Istituto Nazionale per la
Grafica 1983, no. 111 (only state)
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, no. 56 (only state)
Madeline Cirillo Archer, Italian Masters of the
Sixteenth Century, The Illustrated Bartsch, vol. 28,
Part 1 (Commentary), New York 1995, 2803.093 (only
state)
 
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
Citation Line
Bonasone, Giulio (Print made by), Giulio Romano (After), Inv. No. 6407, in Zoltán Kárpáti and Eszter Seres, Italian and French Prints before 1620: An On-Line Catalogue, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest 2012 » http://www.printsanddrawings.hu/ (accessed 9th of August, 2020) «