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Wilton album, folio 41: The Drunken Silenus (Tazza Farnese)

Artist:
Annibale Carracci (Italian, Bologna 1560–1609 Rome)
Date:
ca. 1597–1600
Medium:
Engraving printed from shallow silver cup
Dimensions:
sheet: 9 15/16 in. (25.3 cm) in diameter mount: 12 15/16 x 11 1/8 in. (32.8 x 28.2 cm.)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1927
Accession Number:
27.78.1(150)
Not on view
On folio 41 of the Wilton Album
For more information on the Wilton album see entry for 27.78.1(1-428)
The impression was taken from a shallow silver vessel - the so-called Tazza Farnese - engraved by Annibale Carracci for Cardinal Odoardo Farnese, and now in the Museo di Capodimonte, Naples. Carracci produced a number of preparatory drawings for this design: a highly developed one is at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1972.133.4). For the Paniere Farnese, engraved by Francesco Villamena after Carracci, thought to have been a companion piece for this object, see the entry for 27.78.1(149).
Inscription: Manuscript on top: Qust'uno solomente stampato pr. An:/ Caraz: la sottocoppa poi d'orata./ Bellorio parlando di questo.; manuscript on bottom: Bellori Pag: 88. Bellissimo e il Sileno intagliato in una sottocoppa d'argento/ del Cardinale Farnese Questo componimento e uguale per disegno e per/ intaglio allo stile di Marco Antonio et alle belle stampe di Rafaelle/ con l'idea piu perfetta dell'antica.'
Below, on a pasted sheet inscribed in pen and ink: 'Nico van Aelst for. is commonly grav'd on the prints of An. Car. but the following are proof prints before the plates came into his hands'.
Possibly Thomas Herbert, 8th Earl of Pembroke (British, 1656–1733, Wilton House, Wiltshire); By descent to Reginald Herbert, 15th Earl of Pembroke (British, 1880–1960, Wilton House, Wiltshire); Vendor: Pembroke Sale Sotheby's, London, July 6 1917, Lot 304
Bartsch, XVIII.193.18; De Grazia Bohlin 1979, no. 19; TIB 39 Commentary.3906.018, only state
Adam von Bartsch Le Peintre graveur. Vienna, 1803.

TIB The Illustrated Bartsch - Commentary Volumes. 1978–.

Diane DeGrazia Bohlin Prints and related drawings by the Carracci family. Washington DC, 1979.



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