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GIULIO FONTANA (ACTIVE 1562-1578) AFTER TIZIANO VECELLIO, CALLED TITIAN (CIRCA 1485/90-1576)
GIULIO FONTANA (ACTIVE 1562-1578) AFTER TIZIANO VECELLIO, CALLED TITIAN (CIRCA 1485/90-1576)

The Battle of Cadore

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GIULIO FONTANA (ACTIVE 1562-1578) AFTER TIZIANO VECELLIO, CALLED TITIAN (CIRCA 1485/90-1576)
The Battle of Cadore
etching, 1569, on laid paper, watermark Crossed Arrows with Star (similar to Briquet 6299), a very good impression of this extremely rare, large etching, trimmed to or just inside the subject, a paper loss at upper right made-up with pen and ink, some tears and small made-up losses at the sheet edges
Sheet 434 x 548 mm.
Provenance
Pierre Mariette II (1634-1716), Paris, with his ink inscription verso dated 1667 (Lugt 1790).

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This etching by Giulio Fontana, the brother of Giovanni Battista Fontana, depicts Titian's painting at the Palazzo Ducale, Venice, which was destroyed in the fire of 1577.

The impression in the British Museum is on the same paper as the present one, although without watermark, and shows similar defects at the sheet edges. The two impressions are equal in quality, but it is interesting to see how much the inking of the plates varied, thus giving emphasis to different parts of the composition.

To our knowledge no other impression has been offered at auction within the past thirty years.

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