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Trentaquatro Retratti d [sic] li Sumi Pontefici

Artist and engraver:
Camillo Graffico (Italian, active Rome, ca. 1590–1600)
Plate: 8 3/8 x 6 5/16 in. (21.3 x 16.1 cm) [individual plate size varies slightly] Plate: 2 11/16 x 2 3/16 in. (6.9 x 5.5 cm) [individual plate size varies slightly]
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 2012
Accession Number:
Not on view
Print series containing a title page and 35 (contrary to the 34 in the title) prints showing portraits of Popes. According to the title of the series, the portraits are all 'drawn from life'. The lineage starts with Pope Clement V (1294) and ends with Sixtus V (1585-1590). The addition of Sixtus, which must have been done after the the print series was first conceived , explains the incongruency between the number of portraits in the title and the actual number. The portraits have all been printed from small oval plates and are surrounded by large strapwork cartouches, which have been printed from seperate plates. There are five different cartouches which are used throughout the series.
Signature: C G F [Camilo Graffico Fecit]

Inscription: 'TRENTA.QUATRO / RETRATTI.D.LI.SVMI / PONTEFICI.CAVATTI / DAL VIVO.E.NATTVRAL / DESSEGNO / 1584.' [last 4 reversed]; '.C. .G. .F.'

Marking: watermark: anchor in a single circle, crowned by a trefoil or cross; countermark: BB with a trefoil above, changes into CC in the last pages of the series
Vendor: Martayan Lan Rare Books
Miller 1999, pp. 49-51
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