Support: Cream(1) laid paper
Sheet: 41.7 x 31.1 cm (16 7/16 x 12 1/4 in.); Platemark: 41.5 x 30.9 cm (16 5/16 x 12 3/16 in.)
Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1965.308
Catalogue raisonné: LeBlanc 1 (as Salamanca, III.414)
This image promotes the proud Florentine sculptor Bandinelli in heroic terms. He sits like a giant among ancient statues, sources of inspiration that he has mastered. A lion tears into a block of marble with its teeth, symbolizing Bandinelli’s formidable power over the material of his art. He wears the fur-lined cloak of a well-dressed gentleman, illustrating the elevated social and intellectual status artists achieved during the 1500s. The dagger-shaped cross on his shirt refers to his knighthood in the Order of Santiago, a religious association reserved for nobility. Emperor Charles V awarded him the prestigious membership in return for one of his desirable bronze reliefs.
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