Fall of the Giants, Bartolomeo Coriolano (Italian, Bologna ca. 1599–ca. 1676 Bologna (?)), Chiaroscuro woodcut from three blocks, printed on four sheets

Fall of the Giants

Artist:
Bartolomeo Coriolano (Italian, Bologna ca. 1599–ca. 1676 Bologna (?))
Artist:
After Guido Reni (Italian, Bologna 1575–1642 Bologna)
Date:
1638
Medium:
Chiaroscuro woodcut from three blocks, printed on four sheets
Dimensions:
Sheet: 34 9/16 × 24 5/8 in. (87.8 × 62.5 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1917
Accession Number:
17.50.2
Not on view
A contemporary biographer of Guido Reni reported that the artist, famed for his depictions of devout saints and beautiful women, created this composition in order to show that he was the equal of any master in depicting the muscular male nude. Reni often worked with the printmaker Coriolano, who produced eighteen chiaroscuro woodcuts after Reni's designs. Reni drew inspiration from Giulio Romano's frescoed room in the Palazzo Te in Mantua, where the viewer is surrounded by images of huge, cartoonlike Giants crushed beneath crumbling mountains and fallen columns.
Inscription: Lettered in block at upper right: FRANCISCO / ATESTINO / Sereniss. Mutinæ, & c. [...] Barthol. Coriolanus / D.D.D.; at lower left: G.R.B.F. / B.C. EQ.S SC. / 1638
Earls of Pembroke (British); Vendor: Sotheby's Vendor: P. & D. Colnaghi & Co.
Bartsch XII.113.11
Adam von Bartsch Le Peintre graveur. Vienna, 1803, cat. no. 11, p. 113.