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Production People
Giulio Bonasone (Print made by)artist bio
Bonasone, Giulio (di Antonio)
b Bologna, c. 1510; d Bologna, after 1576
Title / Description
The Judgement of Paris
 
Date
mid-1560s
 
Technique
etching, engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
298 x 458 mm (sheet, trimmed close to platemark)
Inscriptions
Signed lower right: 'IVLIO BONASONE F'
State
third state of three
 
WatermarkWatermark
visible, height: 70 mm, width: 47 mm
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (Lugt 1966)
 
References
Bartsch XV.143.112 info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Passavant 1838-58, VI.103.112 info
Johann David Passavant, Rafael von Urbino und sein Vater Giovanni Santi, 4 vols., Leipzig 1839-58

Massari 1983, no. 216 (second state of two) info
Stefania Massari, Giulio Bonasone, exhibition catalogue, 2 vols., Rome, Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica 1983

Cirillo Archer in TIB 1995, 2803.112.S2 (second state
of two) info
Madeline Cirillo Archer, Italian Masters of the Sixteenth Century, The Illustrated Bartsch, vol. 28, Part 1 (Commentary), New York 1995

Bury 2001, no. 150 (third state of three) info
Michael Bury, The Print in Italy 1550-1620, exhibition catalogue, London, The British Museum 2001
 
Comment
Bartsch claimed it was Giulio Bonasone's own invention. It derives from a Roman sarcophagus now in the Villa Medici, Rome. According to Michael Bury in 2001, the figures of the antique original are followed closely but they are removed from the compressed relief space of the sulpture. It was a creative reconsideration of Marcantonio Raimondi's engraving of the same subject (Bartsch XIV.195.245). According to Cirillo Archer in TIB, the print also shows Venetian influences, and there is a similar print by Andrea Schiavone (Bartsch XVI.69.80). Bury in 2001 cites an undescribed state impression in the British Museum, inv. no. H.7,99, with letter but wuth areas still unworked.
 
Inventory Number
6421
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 16th century: Mounted II
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