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Production People
Nicolas Beatrizet (Print made by)artist bio
Beatrizet, Nicolas
b Thionville, 1507, or Lunaville, 1515; d Rome, c. 1565

Antonio Lafréry (Published by)artist bio
Lafréry, Antoine [Lafreri, Antonio]
b Orgelet, Jura, 1512; d Rome, 20 July 1577
Title / Description
The Triumph of Marcus Aurelius, from the Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae
 
Date
1560
 
Technique
engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
425 x 282 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
Inscribed in the margin, including publisher's address and date: 'M. Aur. Imp. Triumphi imago, ad haec usque tempora Romae in Capitolio pulcherrimo marmore inter tot urbis ruinas posteritati servata, et Ant. Lafr. Sequan. typis MDLX express'
State
second state of four
 
Watermark
not visible through mount
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (not stamped)
 
References
Bartsch XV.264.88 info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Robert-Dumesnil IX.168.91 info
Alexandre P. Robert-Dumesnil, Le peintre-graveur francais, 11 vols., Paris 1835-71

Hülsen 49a (as Jacob Bos, first state of three) info
Christian Hülsen, 'Das Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae des Antonio Lafreri,' in Collectanea variae doctrinae Leoni S. Olschki, Monachii 1921, pp. 121-70

McGinniss 1976, no. 542 info
Lawrence R. McGinniss, Catalogue of the Earl of Crawford's Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae now in the Avery Architectural Library, New York 1976

Bianchi 1981, pp. 92-93 (second state of four) info
Silvia Bianchi, 'Contributi per l'opera incisa di Nicolas Beatrizet,' Rassegna di studi e di notizie IX (1981), pp. 47-145.

Bury 2001, no. 84 info
Michael Bury, The Print in Italy 1550-1620, exhibition catalogue, London, The British Museum 2001

Bianchi 2003–4, no. 96 (second state of four) info
Silvia Bianchi, 'Catalogo dell'opera incisa di Nicola Beatrizet,' Grafica d'arte 14 (2003) 54, pp. 3-12; 14 (2003) 55, pp. 3-12; 14 (2003) 56, pp. 3-12; 15 (2004), 57, pp. 3-13
 
Comment
Reproduces one of the three antique reliefs in the Museo Capitolino deriving from the Arch of Marcus Aurelius. The print was once part of the 1573 edition of the Speculum. Hülsen thought it was engraved by Jacob Bos. Michael Bury attributes a drawing of the same subject to Nicolas Beatrizet, today in Bayonne, Musée Bonnat, see 'Beatrizet and the "Reproduction" of Antique Relief Sculpture', Print Quarterly 1996, 2, pp. 111-26, 57. According to Bury in 2001, Beatrizet did not just copy the relief but reworked the image, giving greater spacial logic and 'correcting' antique conventions in the relief to conform with the requirements of perspective.
 
Inventory Number
7203
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Unmounted
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