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Production People
Georges Reverdy (Print made by)artist bio
Reverdy, Georges [Reverdino, Cesare]
fl 1529–57
Title / Description
The Initiares (The Alchemists)
 
Technique
engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
167 x 262 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
Signed lower right: 'C Reuerdinus/f' and inscribed lower left: 'Spes Chimici Vanas buccis medacibus inflant/Dum metamorphosis fingitur [and a Greek word]
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (Lugt 1966)
 
References
Bartsch XV.486.39 info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Baudi di Vesme 1938, no. 56 info
Alessandro Baudi di Vesme, Catalogo delle incisioni su rame, Maso Finiguerra, Milan 1938

Los Angeles, New York, and Paris 1994, no. 135 (entry
by Cynthia Burlingham) info
The French Renaissance in Prints from the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, ed. Karen Jacobson, exhibition catalogue, Los Angeles, UCLA at the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Paris, Bibliotheque Nationale de France 1994

Leutrat 2007, GR 50 info
Estelle Leutrat, Les débuts de la gravure sur cuivre en France: Lyon 1520-1565, Geneva 2007
 
Comment
The composition, a satire of alchemy, is attributed to a Northern, probably Netherlandish artist, and also recalls Leonardo's caricatures.
 
Inventory Number
8861
 
Classification
Prints: French: 16th century: Unmounted
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