1535 or 1536
Support: Cream(1) laid paper, laid down on cream(3) laid paper
Sheet: 28.7 x 21.8 cm (11 5/16 x 8 9/16 in.); Secondary Support: 44.7 x 37.6 cm (17 5/8 x 14 13/16 in.)
Dudley P. Allen Fund 1988.106
Catalogue raisonné: Bartsch 7 (XVI.359)
This print is based on a drawing that Rosso Fiorentino made as part of a design for a fresco in François I’s chateau at Fontainebleau in France. A personified Gloria (or Fame) holds a trumpet in each hand, a symbol of victory, while standing atop a globe, signifying dominance over time and death. Although a clear inspiration, the powerful muscular and sculptural quality of Michelangelo’s nudes are in this figure transformed into a distorted, excessively elongated torso. Such a body was not the result of drawing from a live model but instead derived from the artist’s imagination.
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