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Engraving, monogram lower right
Hind, V, p. 183, n. 31 I/II; Levenson-Oberhuber-Sheehan, ‘Early Italian Engraving from the National Gallery of Art’, p. 322, n. 128 II/II
mm 115 x 78; sheet mm 118 x 84
Very good impression, of the rare first state of two, before Guidotti’s address lower left, printed with plate tone, in very good condition, with margins.
The fist state is very rare, the National Gallery of Art collection has a second state with Guidotti’s address (inv. n. B-8743).
A numerous elements, like secular subject, interest in sinuous modeling lines and delicacy of the forms, link this print to small scale Venetian engravings as Jacopo de’Barbari ‘Satyr’s Family’ (H.5) and Giulio Campagnola ‘Saturn’ (H.2) and ‘Young Shepherd’ (H.10).
The subject is enigmatic: the palm tree is a symbol of Fortitude and it also represents Virtue and Victory.