Francesco I d'Este Aids the Duke of Mantua After his Territories were Devastated by the German Armies, from L'Idea di un Principe ed Eroe Cristiano in Francesco I d'Este, di Modena e Reggio Duca VIII [...]
L'Idea di un Principe ed Eroe Cristiano in Francesco I d'Este, di Modena e Reggio Duca VIII [...]
Bartolomeo Fenice (Fénis)
Sheet: 4 13/16 × 6 3/8 in. (12.3 × 16.2 cm)
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1959
Not on view
This print is from L'Idea di un Principe ed Eroe Cristiano in Francesco I d'Este, di Modena e Reggio Duca VIII [...] collected in an album of brown boards. Four prints are hinged on each page of the album with a seventeenth- or eighteenth-century inscription pasted beneath the print on the album page. The prints are etched in the manner of Callot and illustrate Francesco I d'Este's virtuous nature as a ruler in battle, in religious matters, and in daily life. Three of the prints are signed by Jean Sauvé, who presumably worked with Fenice on the execution of the illustrations for this book. There are sixty-seven copper plates and forty-five preparatory drawings in the Museo Civico di Modena.
Marking: On verso at lower right: The Metropolitan Museum of Art stamp Pasted on the album page beneath the hinged print in brown ink: Il Duca Francesco fà opportunamente un splendido presente à / Carlo il Duca di Mantua, doppio le rovine recate alla / di lui Città, e Territorio dall'esercito Alemanno. On album of page beneath the hinged print in graphite: Rough 20th century English translation. On verso of page at lower left in brown ink: 4347