Collection of Prints and Drawings

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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

Giulio Romano (After)artist bio
Giulio Romano [Pippi]
b Rome, ?1499; d Mantua, 1 Nov 1546
Title / Description
Scipio Granting Clemency to the Prisoners
 
Technique
etching, engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
244 x 379 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
no
State
first state of two
 
Watermark
not visible through mount
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (Lugt 1966)
 
References
Bartsch XVI.136.54 (first state of two) info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Le Blanc II.250.12 info
Charles Le Blanc, Manuel de l'amateur d'estampes, 4 vols., Paris 1854-90

Dillon in Venice 1981, no. 147 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

Rome 1993, no. 181 (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
Reproduces the fresco in a medalion in the Sala dei Venti, Palazzo del Te, Mantua, executed after Giulio's design probably by Girolamo da Pontremoli or Agostino di Mozzanega. Giulio's related drawing is in the Louvre, inv. no. 3728, and another one, once in the Ellesmere Collection and sold at Sotheby's London in 1972. There is another related drawing in the Albertina, Vienna, previously attributed to Battista Franco, today registered as Venetian School, inv. no. 149. The print differs from the fresco in the inclusion of the eighth figure holding the vase, and the substitution of the brick building with a curtain.
 
Inventory Number
7039
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Unmounted
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