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  • Place of origin:

    Rome (published)

  • Date:

    1532-1553 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Perino del Vaga, born 1501 - died 1547 (designer)
    Master of the Die (engraver)
    Antonio Salamanca, born 1478 - died 1562 (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case EO, shelf 120

Physical description

Plate 2. Panel of ornament. Scrolling foliage, amongst which is a seated cupid holding a weathercock between two eagles. Above is a satyr surprising a nymph.

Place of Origin

Rome (published)


1532-1553 (published)


Perino del Vaga, born 1501 - died 1547 (designer)
Master of the Die (engraver)
Antonio Salamanca, born 1478 - died 1562 (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving on paper


Height: 20.7 cm To plate mark, Width: 15.7 cm cut to

Object history note

From Miller (1999), p. 85:
Bartsch called these prints 'after Raphael', but in 1966 Konrad Oberhuber attributed them to Perino del Vaga on the basis of a drawings for plate 2 in the Uffizi (Oberhuber, pl. 36). The plate numbering follows Bartsch.

Historical significance: This print comes from a set of six plates. A drawing for one of the other plates attributed to Perino del Vaga survives in the Uffizi. The two verses of Italian poetry make an explicit connection between the image and the excavation of underground rooms in Rome.

Descriptive line

Master of the Die after Perino del Vaga, Reissued plates (3) from a set of six panels of ornament. Italian, Rome, 1532-53.

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

Miller, Elizabeth. 16th century Italian ornament prints in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London, 1999. pp.85-87, cat 28b, plate 3, with reference to other literature.
Bartsch, A., Le Peintre-Graveur, 21 vols, Vienna, 1803-21, vol. XV, 81.
Guilmard, D., Les Maîtres Ornemanistes, Paris, 1880-1881, p. 287, no. 18.
Berlin, Katalog der Ornamentstich-Sammlung der Staatlichen Kunstbibliothek Berlin, Berlin and Leipzig, 1939, 530.
Ornament and Architecture: Renaissance Drawings, Prints and Books, Exhibition Catalogue, Brown University, Bell Gallery, List Art Center, Providence, Rhode Island, 1980, 60.
Byrne, J.S., Renaissance Ornament Prints and Drawings, Metropolitan Museum of art, New York, 1981, 45.
González de Zárate, J.M., Real Colección de Estampas de San Lorenzo de El Escorial, 10 vols, Vitoria-Gastiez, 1992-5, vol. VII, 33, 34, 37 (2986, 2987, 2990).
Berliner, R. and Egger, G., Ornamentale Vorlageblätter des 15. bis 19. Jahrhunderts, 3 vols, Munich, 1981, 268.


Printing ink; Paper




Ornament prints


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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