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The Muses at the Foot of Mt. Parnassus

Artist:
Antonio Fantuzzi (Italian, active France, 1537–45)
Artist:
After Francesco Primaticcio (Italian, Bologna 1504/5–1570 Paris)
Date:
1540–45
Medium:
Etching
Dimensions:
Sheet (trimmed): 9 15/16 × 15 5/16 in. (25.2 × 38.9 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1949
Accession Number:
49.97.585
Not on view
In its rough execution, claustrophobic composition, and stylized, attenuated figures, this print is characteristic of the school of printmaking that arose at Fontainebleau, the palace of Francis I (r. 1515–47) outside Paris. Fantuzzi was apparently called to Fontainebleau to assist his fellow Bolognese Francesco Primaticcio, who was frescoing the walls of the palace with tales of the ancient gods and heroes. There, Fantuzzi took up etching, producing more than one hundred prints after drawings by Primaticcio, Rosso Fiorentino, and others. There is no known model for this etching, however, which could be the etcher's own design.
Inscription: Lettered in plate, lower left: 'AF'

Marking: Stamped in black ink on verso: 'Doublette der Albertina'
Graphische Sammlung Albertina; Vendor: Graphische Sammlung Albertina
Bartsch 144.18; Herbet no. 40; Zerner AF 20
Adam von Bartsch Le Peintre graveur. Vienna, 1803, cat. no. 18, p. 144.

Felix Herbet Les Graveurs de l'École de Fontainebleau. B. M. Israël, reprint. Amsterdam, 1896-1902 (reprint 1969), cat. no. 40.

Henri Zerner The School of Fontainebleau, Etchings and Engravings. New York, 1969, cat. no. 20.



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