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  • Place of origin:

    Italy (published)

  • Date:

    1560 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Monogrammist IHS (designed and engraved by)
    Romano, Giulio , born 1499 - died 1546 (Designer)
    Boyvin, René (Publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case EO, shelf 65

Physical description

Plate 14. Grotesque mask.

Place of Origin

Italy (published)


1560 (published)


Monogrammist IHS (designed and engraved by)
Romano, Giulio , born 1499 - died 1546 (Designer)
Boyvin, René (Publisher)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Signed in monogram IHS [cut].


Height: 15.8 cm Cut to, Width: 14.3 cm Cut to

Object history note

From Miller (1999), p.120-121:
The lettering on the title plate RENATVS B.L. FECIT has in the past meant that these prints have been attributed to René Boyvin. However, the placing of this lettering in relation to the stippled background on that part of the plate suggests that it was added after the plate had been engraved.

Levron does not list this set in his catalogue of Boyvin's works, or illustrate it, although he does make reference to a little-known set of masks engraved by Boyvin after Angelo Veientano, lettered Renatus B fecit and dating from 1560, in the introductory text, p.25. This reference seems to be a misunderstanding of the set here. Robert-Dumesnil (vol. VIII, p. 16) cites the correct title of this set but appears never to have seen it.

Descriptive line

Monogrammist IHS and René Boyvin. One of twenty-four plates, including a title plate, of grotesque masks, Italian, 1560.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Miller, E., 16th-century Italian ornament prints in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1999, pp. 120-125 (cat. 38).

Production Note

Plates 12,14-17 and 21 original plates. Plates 1-11,13,18-20,22-4 reversed copies of plates by Frans Huys (c. 1522-c.1562) after Cornelis Floris.


Ornament prints


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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