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LÉON DAVENT (ACTIVE 1540–56) AFTER GIULIO ROMANO (CIRCA 1499-1545)
LÉON DAVENT (ACTIVE 1540–1556) AFTER GIULIO ROMANO (CIRCA 1499-1545)

Achilles carrying the Body of Patrocles

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LÉON DAVENT (ACTIVE 1540–1556) AFTER GIULIO ROMANO (CIRCA 1499-1545)
Achilles carrying the Body of Patrocles
etching, circa 1540-45, on laid paper, with an indistinct Coat-of-Arms under Crown watermark, a very good impression of this rare print, printing with a light, modulated plate tone and many wiping marks in the sky, trimmed to or just inside the platemark but outside the borderline, with thread margins in places, a skilfully repaired, unobtrusive crease above, otherwise in very good condition
Plate & Sheet 590 x 361 mm.
Literature
Bartsch 15; Zerner 47

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Lot Essay

The composition is based on Giulio Romano's painting in the Sala di Troia in the Palazzo Ducale, Mantua, which in turn was inspired by an antique bas-relief. There is also an engraving of the same subject by Diana Scultori. The impression in the British Museum bears the same watermark, but appears to be slightly earlier, before the crack at the lower edge of the plate.

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