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  • Place of origin:

    Rome (published)

  • Date:

    ca. 1573 (published)
    1543 (engraved)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lafréry, Antonio, born 1512 - died 1577 (publisher)
    Vico, Enea, born 1523 - died 1567 (Engraver)
    Unknown (Engraver)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving on paper

  • Museum number:

    E.2019-1899

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Enea Vico (1523-1567), an engraver, coin collector, author and artist interested in ancient Rome, originally engraved 12 plates of vases and ewers in 1543. Although the lettering on the plates says that they are copied from ancient Roman examples, it may be that Vico also used his imagination in rendering the vessels. After Vico's death in 1567 the copper printing plates for these prints were acquired by Antonio Lafrery (about 1512-1577), a very successful print publisher and dealer in Rome. Lafrery reissued the plates around 1573 adding an extra plate at the beginning and at the end of the set to further its appeal.

These prints claiming to depict Roman antiquities would have appealed to learned local residents and the many visitors who passed through Rome.

Physical description

Vase with the head of a bull and two handles

Place of Origin

Rome (published)

Date

ca. 1573 (published)
1543 (engraved)

Artist/maker

Lafréry, Antonio, born 1512 - died 1577 (publisher)
Vico, Enea, born 1523 - died 1567 (Engraver)
Unknown (Engraver)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving on paper

Dimensions

Height: 28.4 cm plate, Width: 20.7 cm plate

Descriptive line

One of fourteen plates of vases engraved by Enea Vico, reissued by Antonio Lafrery in c. 1573; Italian.

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

Miller, E., 16th-century Italian ornament prints in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1999, p. 236 (cat. 68b).

Production Note

Reissue of earlier plates by Vico from 1543 and reversed copy of Agostino Veneziano, B XIV, 547 and 546.

Subjects depicted

Vase

Categories

Ornament prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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