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Hercules and the Nemean Lion by Niccolò Boldrini

Hercules and the Nemean Lion
by Niccolò Boldrini

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Edition Size: not stated

Image Size: 41,0 x 28,5 cm

Sheet Size: 41,6 x 29,1 cm

Reference: Bartsch XII.120.18; Passavant VI.222.6; Michael Matile: Italienische Holzschnitte der Renaissance und des Barock, No. 51 (ETH Zurich)

Signed In Plate

Condition: Good

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Niccolò Boldrini (ascribed to): Hercules and the Nemean Lion (after Raphael). Chiaroscuro woodcut on laid paper, 41 x 28,5 cm. C. 1530.

The interesting variant presented here was printed using only the key block, with the blocks for the additional color(s) being omitted. Instead, there are several old pen additions. Some of them may not have been intended to replace lines that have been lost due to the deterioration of the plate as they add new details (mainly background vegetation) to the subject that are missing even in early impressions.

Interestingly, both the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the ETH in Zurich house copies from the key block, the MET also a copy printed from 2 blocks.

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