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Production People
Giovanni Battista Franco (Print made by)artist bio
Franco, (Giovanni) Battista [Baptista Veneziano; il Semolei]
b Venice, ?1510; d Venice, 1561

Giacomo Franco (Published by)artist bio
Franco, Giacomo
b Venice, 1550; d Venice 1620
Title / Description
The Abduction of Dejanira (recto), Elderly Man Holding Compasses (verso)
 
Technique
etching, engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
245 x 383 mm (platemark)
Inscriptions
Signed and inscribed with publisher's address on the recto lower left: 'Batista franco fece dal antico Franco forma', signed on the verso lower left: 'Batista Franco'
State
third? state of three
 
Watermark
no
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (Lugt 1966)
 
References
Bartsch XVI.132.40 (recto, second state of two) info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Bartsch XVI.139.62 (verso, undescribed second state) info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Dillon in Venice 1981, no. 148 (the print on the recto,
third? state of three) info
Gianvittorio Dillon in Da Tiziano a El Greco: Per la storia del Manierismo a Venezia, ed. Rodolfo Palluchini, exhibition catalogue, Venice, Palazzo Ducale 1981
 
Comment
The composition of the recto is related to a Roman relief, but derives probably from a relief in the Sala delle Aquile in Palazzo del Te, Mantua, executed after Giulio Romano's design of c. 1527-28, see the drawing in the Ellesmere Collection (Hartt 1958, no. 164). Nicolaas Teeuwisse has an impression without the inscription and with a watermark "Mermaid in circle with six-pointed star" (cf. Woodward 91, Venice, from 1557). Bartsch did not describe the state of the verso with the signature. Dillon in Venice 1981 claimed that this is probably a third state impression with the added inscription.
 
Inventory Number
7023
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Mounted I
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