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Frontispiece to 'Le sorti di Francesco Marcolini da Forli intitolato Giardino di Pensieri'

Artist:
Giuseppe Salviati (Giuseppe Porta, called Il Salviati) (Italian, Castelnuovo di Garfagnana ca. 1520–ca. 1575 Venice)
Artist:
After Marco Dente (Italian, Ravenna, active by 1515–died 1527 Rome)
Date:
1540
Medium:
Woodcut
Dimensions:
sheet: 9 7/16 x 7 5/8 in. (23.9 x 19.3 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1921
Accession Number:
21.22
Not on view
This woodcut of a scholarly gathering is fully signed by Giuseppe Salviati yet is an almost exact copy of an engraving by Marco Dente, who died in 1527. The only changes are the adaptation of the book in the foreground to represent Marcolini's fortune-telling book and the addition of the pack of cards required for divination. That Giuseppe so prominently signed a copy suggests that he cut the block himself-indeed, it was usually the cutter rather than the designer who signed or monogrammed a woodblock.
Inscription: Lettered bottom right on tablet: IOSEPH PORTA GARFAGNINVS
Rogers Fund; Donor: Rogers Fund
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," January 8, 2007–March 25, 2007.

Rosand and Muraro 1976, no.84
David Rosand and Michelangelo Muraro Titian and the Venetian Woodcut. Washington, D.C., 1976.

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