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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

Tommaso Barlacchi (Published by)artist bio
Barlacchi, Tommaso
b c. 1500; d 1550 or after
Title / Description
The Triumph of Love
 
Date
1545
 
Technique
engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
284 x 408 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
Signed and dated at right: '1545/IV BONAHSO I VINTOR', inscribed with publisher's address: 'TOM BARL EXC'
State
early state
 
Watermark
not visible through mount
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (Lugt 1966)
 
References
Bartsch XV.141.106 info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Le Blanc I.444.140 info
Charles Le Blanc, Manuel de l'amateur d'estampes, 4 vols., Paris 1854-90

Massari 1983, no. 47 (only state) info
Stefania Massari, Giulio Bonasone, exhibition catalogue, 2 vols., Rome, Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica 1983

Davis 1988, no. 10 info
Bruce Davis, Mannerist Prints: International Style in the Sixteenth Century, exhibition catalogue, Los Angeles, County Museum of Art 1988

Cirillo Archer in TIB 1995, 2803.106.S2 (second state
of two) info
Madeline Cirillo Archer, Italian Masters of the Sixteenth Century, The Illustrated Bartsch, vol. 28, Part 1 (Commentary), New York 1995
 
Comment
Bartsch claimed it was Giulio Bonasone's own invention. Cirillo Archer in TIB suggests that the composition is indebted to Francesco Primaticcio. Bonasone's preparatory drawing for this print, drawn in reverse and incised for transfer, is in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. According to Bruce Davis the drawing reveals Emilian traditions, but the composition is close to Raphael or Giulio Romano. The engraver modified some details of his drawing on the plate. Tommaso Barlacchi's publisher's address is missing from this impression, which is therefore an early state, the existence of which had already been claimed by Mariette but was not found by later writers.
 
Inventory Number
6426
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Mounted I
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