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The clemency of Scipio

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Venice (published)

  • Date:

    1611 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Franco, Giovanni Battista (engraver)
    Franco, Giacomo, born 1550 - died 1620 (publisher)
    Romano, Giulio , born 1499 - died 1546 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving and etching

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case 93, shelf E, box 160

Physical description

Print depicting the clemency of Scipio. Taken from a design for a medallion.

Place of Origin

Venice (published)


1611 (published)


Franco, Giovanni Battista (engraver)
Franco, Giacomo, born 1550 - died 1620 (publisher)
Romano, Giulio , born 1499 - died 1546 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving and etching

Marks and inscriptions

'Batista [sic] Franco fecit'
Most prints in the series lettered

'Franco Forma'
Some prints in the series also lettered

Inscribed in ink inside the front and back covers of the volume with numbers


Height: 35.9 cm size of volume, Width: 25.4 cm size of volume

Object history note

This print is from the second book of 'De Excellentia et Nobilitate Delineationis Libri Duo', published by Giacomo Franco in Venice in 1611. The second book contains various subjects, mainly from Roman wall-paintings, reliefs and cameos, and has an etched frontispiece by Jacopo Palma. There are thirty-six engravings and etchings by Giovanni Battista Franco. Both the first and second books are quarter-bound in brown-calf parchment boards. The volume contains sixty-four plates on fifty-five sheets, four pages of letterpress, with two initial letters, a dedication to J. B. Duval, a discourse by the publisher, Giacomo Franco, and an epigram.

The design for the medallion on which this print is based is in the Sala dei Venti, Palazzo del Te, Mantua.

Descriptive line

Print from the second book (consisting 36 prints) of 'De Excellentia et Nobilitate Delineationis Libri Duo'. Etching and engraving by Giovanni Battista Franco depicting the clemency of Scipio. Made after a design for a medallion by Giulio Romano. Published Venice, 1611.

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

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1963 . London: HMSO, 1964.

Production Note

Some of the prints in the second book were probably re-worked by Giacomo Franco.


Engraving; Etching

Subjects depicted





Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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