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  • Place of origin:

    Venice (Made)

  • Date:

    1561 (Made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pittoni, Giovanni Battista The Elder (Engraver)
    Valegio, Nicolò (Publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case EO, shelf 122

Physical description

Title Plate. Two winged half-women flank a central cartouche (A. 618.1).

Place of Origin

Venice (Made)


1561 (Made)


Pittoni, Giovanni Battista The Elder (Engraver)
Valegio, Nicolò (Publisher)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Lettered Al molto magco et Eccellte. sr. alessandro Fedrici nobile Triuigiano rarissi. D. di leggi - Baptista pitoni incenzo Nicolau Valegn formis. CON GRATIA .E.T. PRIVILEGIO DI. VENETIA. PE ANI .XV.

Signed in monogram.B.P.P.V.F. and dated 1561


Height: 12.8 cm Cut to, Width: 26.8 cm Cut to

Object history note

V&A has four plates from the set of sixteen.

From Miller (1999), p. 64.
Bellini, 1995, records a father and son, Nicolò and Giovanni Giacomo Valegio, who were printers and publishers active in Venice from at least 1566. This set of prints indicates that Nicolò was active before thsi date. the plates are described in order of the Amsterdam catalogue, with the plate not in the Amsterdam collection placed at the end. Some of the plates in Amsterdam, but not present here, are upright panels rather than friezes.

Descriptive line

Giovanni Battista Pittoni, the Elder and Nicoló Valegio. Title plate from a set of sixteen plates of scrolling foliage with figures, putti and grotesque animals.

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

Guilmard, D., Les Maîtres Ornemanistes, Paris, 1880-1881, p. 291, no. 31.
Berlin, Katalog der Ornamentstich-Sammlung der Staatlichen Kunstbibliothek Berlin, Berlin and Leipzig, 1939, 546; A. 618.
Miller, E., 16th-century Italian ornament prints in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1999, p. 64 (cat. 16).


Printing ink



Subjects depicted

Cartouche; Scrolling foliage


Ornament prints


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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