Support: Cream(3) laid paper
Sheet: 17 x 24.8 cm (6 11/16 x 9 3/4 in.); Platemark: 16.6 x 24.1 cm (6 9/16 x 9 1/2 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1989.78
Catalogue raisonné: Zerner1972 392 (p. 309)
State: proof before letters
In the 1530s, the Italian artist Rosso Primaticcio was sent by the French king Francis I to Rome. There, Rosso studied classical sculpture and monuments, which he reproduced in his drawings and casts. These works by Rosso had a significant impact on Fontainebleau School's printmakers, such as Antonio Fantuzzi and Léon Davent. Here in this etching, Davent reproduces a picturesque landscape filled with ruined classical monuments and populated by playful putti.
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