Single Large Armorial Trophies marked by the incorporation of Weaponry decorated with Animal Heads and a Cuirass bent towards the Left, Plate 11 from the Libro de' Trofei
Anonymous, Italian, 16th century
Enea Vico (Italian, Parma 1523–1567 Ferrara)
Design credited to Polidoro da Caravaggio (Italian, Caravaggio ca. 1499–ca. 1543 Messina)
Published by Antonio Lafreri (French, Orgelet, Franche-Comte ca. 1512–1577 Rome)
Engraving [state before numbering]
Plate: 9 13/16 × 6 3/4 in. (24.9 × 17.1 cm) [sheet cropped to plate mark]
Albums, Prints, Ornament & Architecture
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1934
Not on view
Plate with one single armorial trophy presented in the center of the sheet. The trophy consists of two distinct bundles The one on top is characterized by an oval shield in the center. The lower bundle has a large cuirass in the center which hangs off to the left side. Behind the cuirass a grouping of five shields and on either sides weapons stick out decorated with animal heads. Plate 11 from a series of prints, known as the Libro de' Trofei (Book of Trophies) with designs for armorial trophies in the Antique manner. The designs for the prints were credited to Polidoro da Caravaggio by Antonio Lafreri in his print catalogue of 1573, although the varying character of some of the prints suggests that several sources were used as models. The publication history of this print series is extremely complex, and easily misunderstood. Two different sets appear to have been published in Rome in the second and third quarter of the sixteenth century. Antonio Salamanca published a set of 10 designs, which is known in at least four editions (Salamanca ca. 1540-50; Orazio Pacifico, ca. 1580; Giovanni Battista Rossi, ca. 1640-78; Carlo Losi, 1773). A second series, attributed to Enea Vico by Adam von Bartsch, consisted of 16 plates, including copies in reverse after the Salamanca series, and was published by Lafreri in 1553, although some prints dated 1550 suggest that there may have been another earlier edition. Lafreri's plates passed to Pietro de' Nobili who published the series in 1586 and eventually also came into the possession of Carlo Losi who published them in 1773. Various other copies are known of individual sheets as well as smaller series. Giovannni Orlandi published some of the prints in Rome in 1602. In France, a series of copies in reverse was produced and likely published by Rene Boyvin. His plates were reissued by Pierre Mariette in the seventeenth century. Two distinct series of copies in the etching technique were also made in the seventeenth century. The present series is pulled from the Lafreri plates. The varying quality of the lines of the plates seems to suggest there may have been two engravers involved in the production of the plates. The design of this specific print is also very different from the first ten in the series and seems to have been based on a different source.
Inscription: 'ANT LAFRERI' [burnished away but still legible]; 'ANT / LAFRERI'
Vendor: B. T. Batsford, Ltd. (London)
B.XV.355.444;TIB.30.283.444; Miller 1999, cat. no. 50e, [pl. 11]