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  • Place of origin:

    Venice (published)

  • Date:

    1611 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Palma, Jacopo Il Giovane (etcher)
    Franco, Giacomo, born 1550 - died 1620 (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Print depicting eleven studies of male arms.

Place of Origin

Venice (published)


1611 (published)


Palma, Jacopo Il Giovane (etcher)
Franco, Giacomo, born 1550 - died 1620 (publisher)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'Jacobus Franco Formis con Privilegio.'
Lettered with variations

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 first book of 'De Excellentia et Nobilitate Delineationis Libri Duo', published by Giacomo Franco in Venice in 1611. The first book consists of studies of parts of the human figure, of which there are fourteen etchings by Jacopo Palma (called Il Giovane) and thirteen engravings made after him. 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.

Descriptive line

Print from the first book (consisting 27 prints) of 'De Excellentia et Nobilitate Delineationis Libri Duo'. Etching by Jacopo Palma depicting studies of male arms. 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.



Subjects depicted

Male; Arms




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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