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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

Francesco Primaticcio (After)artist bio
Primaticcio, Francesco
b Bologna, 1504-5; d Paris, between 2 March and 14 Sept 1570
Title / Description
The Trojans Pulling the Wooden Horse into their City
 
Date
1545
 
Technique
engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
408 x 638 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
Signed, dated and inscribed on a tablet lower centre: 'BOL/INVENTORE/1545/IV BONASONIS F', numbered on the verso in pen and ink: 'no. 56'
State
first state of three
 
WatermarkWatermark
visible, height: 47 mm, width: 47 mm; height: 48 mm, width: 47 mm
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (not stamped)
 
References
Bartsch XV.134.85 info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Le Blanc I.447.342 info
Charles Le Blanc, Manuel de l'amateur d'estampes, 4 vols., Paris 1854-90

Massari 1983, no. 43 (first state of three) info
Stefania Massari, Giulio Bonasone, exhibition catalogue, 2 vols., Rome, Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica 1983

Davis 1988, no. 11 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, 2803.085.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

Paris 2004, no. 19 (entry by Dominique Cordellier) info
Primatice: Maître de Fontainebleau, eds. Dominique Cordellier and Bernadette Py, Paris, Musée du Louvre 2004
 
Comment
According to Massari, the print derives directly from a damaged drawing in reverse, today in Windsor, Royal Library, inv. no. 5139, attributed to Francesco Primaticcio by Popham and Wilde. Bruce Davis supposed that Giulio Bonasone might have met Primaticcio in Rome when he came to acquire antiquities for Francis I. Cirillo Archer in TIB suggests that both drawing and print record a lost painting by Primaticcio, once perhaps in the Galerie d'Ulysse at Fontainebleau. According to Davis, the print might reflect an initial idea for the series from the life of Ulysses, which he eventually initiated with The Sack of Troy. The second state was published by Pietro de Nobili, the third by Carlo Losi.
 
Inventory Number
6432
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Mounted III
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