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Jacques Granthomme
Il Marforio


Artist: Jacques Granthomme (born Douai about 1550-60, active 1588-1622, first in Paris, last in Heidelberg)
Title: Il Marforio
Date: about 1597-1602
School: French, German, XVIth century
Medium: engraving
Dimensions: 193 x 286mm (image), 202 x 300mm (sheet)
Watermark: see image below

Inscriptions/marks: in the plate lower left with engraver’s monogram (see below) In the plate lower right <<L 3>>

Condition: fair condition on laid paper, binding edge irregular
Description: Monumental statue of a reclining, bearded river god, with both arms missing, and in the left foreground a young artist seated on a capital and drawing the statue; illustration to Boissard’s Topographia urbis Romae 6 vols (Frankfurt-am-Main, 1597-1602), illustration to part II De Marforii Simulacro  about 1597/1602. Based on an anonymous engraving published by Antonio Lafreri in 1550, see BM 1947, 0319.26.130
Reference: See BM 1946, 0926.18.43; IFF, xvie siècle 27
Provenance: Nardecchia stampi e libri antichi, Rome