Giovanni Battista de Cavalieri (1525-1601) after Francesco Salviati (1510-1563)
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Giovanni Battista de Cavalieri (1525-1601) after Francesco Salviati (1510-1563)

The Massacre of the Innocents (Le Blanc 7)

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Giovanni Battista de Cavalieri (1525-1601) after Francesco Salviati (1510-1563)
The Massacre of the Innocents (Le Blanc 7)
engraving, 1561, printed on two joined sheets, without watermark, a fine impression of this rare, large print, first state (of three), with wide margins left and right and small margins above and below, a few flattened folds mostly visible verso, some pale staining, otherwise in good condition
P. 470 x 590 mm., S. 490 x 670 mm.
Literature
Suzanne Boorsch, The Massacre of the Innocents after Francesco Salviati, in: Print Quarterly, September 1999 (vol. XVI, no. 3), p. 266-273.

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Lot Essay

The present, monumental print of the Massacre of the Innocents has long been overlooked in the body of prints after - mostly lost - works by Francesco Salviati. It was only in 1999 that Suzanne Boorsch came across the impression in the Bibliothque National in Paris and published the existence of the present first state, with the address of Cavalieri and the name of Salviati. Until then it had generally been considered after Baccio Bandinelli. In the second state, the name of Salviati has been erased and the address replace with that of Salamanca. The first state is dated 1561 and Salamanca died in 1562; it could been only a year between the making of the print and the change of the address. Impressions of the first state are hence extremely rare, with the Paris impression apparently being the only one in a public collection.
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