Cross-shaped Pendant and Four Other Motifs

Printmaker: Giovanni Battista Costantini (Italian, active 1615–1628)

Date: 1622

Medium: Blackwork and engraving

Dimensions: Plate: 3 3/8 x 4 9/16 in. (8.6 x 11.6 cm) [height is slightly cropped]

Classifications: Prints, Ornament & Architecture

Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1924

Accession Number: 23.101.8


Giovanni Battista Costantini shows a real progression in his print designs in blackwork. In 1615, he published a series focused entirely on his goldsmith designs in blackwork. Seven years later, he published the series in which this sheet appears and in which he combined blackwork and engraving to create an attractive presentation method for his designs. The print shows designs for five elements of goldsmith work placed in a landscape with two cupids and two naked men (ignudi). In the center is a cross-shaped pendant held up by two cupids, who each hold another motif in their other hand. On the bottom of the page, two ignudi are seated on rocks, each presenting a lunar-shaped design. A village is faintly indicated in the background, to give the landscape a sense of depth.