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Production People
Marco Dente (Print made by)artist bio
Dente [da Ravenna], Marco
b Ravenna; d Rome, 1527

Rosso Fiorentino (After)artist bio
Rosso Fiorentino [Giovanni Battista di Jacopo Rosso]
b Florence, 8 March 1494; d ?Fontainebleau, 14 Nov 1540
Title / Description
Skeletons (Allegory of Death and Fame)
 
Date
c. 1524-27
 
Technique
engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
284 x 435 mm (platemark)
Inscriptions
Signed with letter 'R' upper left
State
first state of three
 
Watermark
no
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (Lugt 1966)
 
References
Bartsch XIV.321.425 (as after Baccio Bandinelli) info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Le Blanc II.112.31 info
Charles Le Blanc, Manuel de l'amateur d'estampes, 4 vols., Paris 1854-90

Passavant VI.6.71 info
Johann David Passavant, Le peintre-graveur, 6 vols., Leipzig 1860-64

Washington 1987, p. 54, under no. 2, note 12 info
Rosso Fiorentino: Drawings, Prints, and Decorative Arts, ed. Eugene A. Carroll, exhibition catalogue, Washington, National Gallery of Art 1987

Davis 1988, no. 22 (first state of three) info
Bruce Davis, Mannerist Prints: International Style in the Sixteenth Century, exhibition catalogue, Los Angeles, County Museum of Art 1988

Gramaccini and Meier 2009, no. 89 info
Norberto Gramaccini and Hans Jacob Meier, Die Kunst der Interpretation: Italienische Reproduktionsgrafik 1485-1600, Berlin and Munich 2009
 
Comment
For Agostino Musi's print of the same composition, see inv. no. 25097. The major difference between the two prints is Marco Dente's inclusion of the rocky landscape, probably his own invention. He also added some figures and modified the expressions. Bruce Davis suggests that Musi's engraving precedes Dente's and dates both to c. 1524-27, Rosso Fiorentino's Roman stay. According to Carroll, Dente's print was not copied from Musi's but was made from a drawn copy of Rosso's drawing, also in the Uffizi, inv. no. 14669F, which Davis regarded as Dente's preparatory study for this print.
 
Inventory Number
6836
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Mounted II
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