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    Sale 12206

    Prints & Multiples featuring The Gilbert E. Kaplan Collection of Surrealist Prints

    1 - 2 November 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 307

    CY TWOMBLY (1928-2011)

    Lepanto I

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    CY TWOMBLY (1928-2011)
    Lepanto I
    cardboard plate engraving printed as monoprint, on Japon paper, 1996, signed in pencil, numbered 6/10 (there were also four artist's proofs), published by Julie Sylvester for the Whitney Museum of Art, New York, with full margins, a soft diagonal crease in the lower margin, otherwise in good condition, framed
    Image: 28 ½ x 20 in. (724 x 508 mm.)
    Sheet: 39 x 24 ½ in. (991 x 622 mm.)

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    In 1996 Cy Twombly began work on a series of sculptures and monoprints that were based on imagery from the Battle of Lepanto – the series was exhibited in December of that year at the Whitney Museum. The prints were published by the museum after a long hiatus from printmaking by the artist. The present lot is an example from that series, and features a naval ship from the battle rendered in rich black tone.

    The Battle of Lepanto took place in the Gulf of Lepanto in the Greek isles between the Ottoman Empire and a coalition formed between Spain, Venice and the Papacy. Beyond its historical significance the battle was also an important touchstone for painters from the Old Master tradition, including Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese.

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