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Production People
Odoardo Fialetti (Print made by)artist bio
Fialetti, Odoardo
b Bologna, 1573; d Venice, 1638
Title / Description
Interior Scene with Sketching Class, from Il vero modo et ordine per dissegnar tutte le parti et membra del corpo humano
 
Date
1608
 
Technique
etching
Material
paper
Dimensions
111 x 152 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
Signed lower left: 'OF F; A 2', and numbered: 'No. 208'
Watermark
no
Provenance
Stephan Delhaes (Lugt 665a, Lugt 761)
 
References
Bartsch XVII.298.210 info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Bury 2001, no. 143 info
Michael Bury, The Print in Italy 1550-1620, exhibition catalogue, London, The British Museum 2001
 
Comment
A print from a manual of instruction in drawing, published by Justus Sadeler. Its history and composition is difficult to understand. Bartsch claimed Il vero modo was a modest set of nine plates and a title page, dedicated to Cesare d'Este, published in Venice in 1608. These nine plates for a book consisting of a series of geometrical schemata for cunstructing heads, accompanied by plates showing ways to draw faces. According to Michael Bury in 2001, at some point, there was a decision to change the project: what Bartsch described as a second large book seems in fact to have been a revision, involving the creation of more plates. A new title page, Tutt le parti del corpo humano, and a plate with the dedication to Giovanni Grimani were added, while most of the plates with geometrical schemata were eliminated. Fialetti's plates provided the beginner with models in printed form. The model drawings were numbered from 1 to 32. This view of a studio was added to the expanded edition.
 
Inventory Number
6906
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Mounted I
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