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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
Neptune in his Chariot, plate 4 from a series of four prints entitled The Division of the Universe
 
Date
late 1540s - early 1550s
 
Technique
engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
210 x 275 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
Signed lower left on the rock, in reverse: 'I BO'
State
only state
 
Watermark
visible, height: 39 mm, width: 39 mm
Provenance
Ernest-Théophile Devaulx (Lugt 2667)
Nikolaus Esterházy (not stamped)
 
References
Bartsch XV.137.96 info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Le Blanc I.413.85 info
Charles Le Blanc, Manuel de l'amateur d'estampes, 4 vols., Paris 1854-90

Albricci 1976, no. 32 (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. 113 (? state of two) info
Stefania Massari, Giulio Bonasone, exhibition catalogue, 2 vols., Rome, Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica 1983

Rome 1993, no. 58 (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, 2803.096 (only state) info
Madeline Cirillo Archer, Italian Masters of the Sixteenth Century, The Illustrated Bartsch, vol. 28, Part 1 (Commentary), New York 1995
 
Comment
See under inv. no. 6407. Massari 1983 distinguishes two states but does not describe the differences. A drawing for the composition, attributed to Giulio Romano, is conserved in Dijon, Musée des Beaux-Arts, inv. no. CA 807, which does not contain the figures appearing upper right in the print and also differs in the details of the foliage. According to Massari in Rome 1993, the model for the printmaker was probably another drawing once in the Mertoun House Collection of Ellesmere, inv. no. 121, sold by Sotheby's in 1972, lot 74. The composition is very close to Giuilo Romano's Neptune in his Chariot in the Sala dei Venti, Mantua, Palazzo del Te.
 
Inventory Number
6409
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Mounted I
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