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Production People
Giovanni Battista Fontana (Print made by)artist bio
Fontana, Giovanni Battista
b Ala, nr Verona, 1524; d Innsbruck, 25 Sept 1587
Title / Description
Calvary
 
Date
after 1563
 
Technique
etching
Material
paper
Dimensions
375 x 455 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
Inscribed and signed lower left: 'PIAE MAGDALENAE AVSTRIACAE/HVNG: AC BOHEM REGINAE/D/Io: Baptista Fontana Veronen: Pictor.' and in the margin: 'IMPLETA SVNT QVAE CONCINIT/DAVID FIDELIS CARMINE://DICENS IN NATIONIBVS/REGNAVIT A LIGNO DEVS'
State
first state of two
 
Watermark
visible, width: 30 mm
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (Lugt 1966)
 
References
Bartsch XVI.221.14 (first state of two) info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Dillon in Verona 1980, no. XI.63 info
Gianvittorio Dillon, La grafica: Stampe e libri a Verona negli anni di Palladio, in Palladio e Verona, ed. Paola Marini, exhibition catalogue, Palazzo della Gran Guardia, Verona 1980, pp. 257-89
 
Comment
According to Dillon in Verona 1980, this print may be regarded as Fontana's masterpiece from his Austian period. From the titles of Maria Maddalena of Austria in the inscription, the print can be dated after 1563. The print includes elements deriving from Lucas van Leyden's Golgota.
 
Inventory Number
7009
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Mounted II
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