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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
Omen of the Future Greatness of Augustus
 
Date
c. 1546-50
 
Technique
engraving, etching
Material
paper
Dimensions
200 x 262 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
no
State
first state of two
 
Watermark
visible, height: 45 mm, width: 45 mm
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (Lugt 1966)
 
References
Bartsch XV.155.174 info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Le Blanc I.445.174 info
Charles Le Blanc, Manuel de l'amateur d'estampes, 4 vols., Paris 1854-90

Massari 1983, no. 110 (first state of two) info
Stefania Massari, Giulio Bonasone, exhibition catalogue, 2 vols., Rome, Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica 1983

Rome 1993, no. 55 (first state of two) 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
 
Comment
The right part of the scene appears on the fragmentary preparatory drawing by Giulio Romano', today at Royal Library, Windsor Castle, inv. no. 0308. The drawing was made for a fresco in the Camerino dei Cesari, Palazzo Ducale, Mantua, as it is recorded in Ippolito Andreasi's drawing representing the north wall of the room (Düsseldorf, Kunstmuseum, inv. no. Fp 10877-10878). According to Massari in Rome 1993, a drawing of the same subject by Biagio Pupini, preserved in Oxford, Library of Christ Church, inv. no. 0141, is very close to Bonasone's print. Therefore it supports the hypothesis that the engraver was in possession of Giulio's original drawing, today lost, which corresponded exactly with the right part of the north wall of the Camerino. Second state impressions bear Marcantonio Raimondi's monogram, perhaps for commercial reasons.
 
Inventory Number
6475
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Mounted I
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