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    Sale 7570

    Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints

    2 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 9

    Giovanni Antonio da Brescia (circa 1460 - circa 1520) after Andrea Mantegna (circa 1431-1506)

    Descent into Limbo (Martineau 68; not in Bartsch)

    Price Realised  

    Giovanni Antonio da Brescia (circa 1460 - circa 1520) after Andrea Mantegna (circa 1431-1506)
    Descent into Limbo (Martineau 68; not in Bartsch)
    engraving, circa 1490, a good impression of this extremely rare print, trimmed into the subject on all sides, several tears mainly at the sheet edges, a made-up area at the upper left corner, other, minor defects, backed
    S. 366 x 292 mm.


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    Suzanne Boorsch records only five impression of this print and believes that da Brescia might have burnished out the engraving and used the plate again, possibly for another subject after Mantegna, the Entombment with Three Birds (M. 30), which shows traces of a previous design.

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    Literature

    Jane Martineau (ed.), exhibition catalogue, Andrea Mantegna, Royal Academy of Arts, London, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1992, p. 265, no. 68 (ill.)