Nine fragments depicting the 'Loves of the Gods' (I Modi ['the Positions']), mounted on a sheet; four depicting a female head in profile, three depicting the naked upper torso and head of a female reclining on a bed in various positions suggesting intercourse; two nude males seen from the torso up Engraving
- Height: 240 millimetres (sheet)
- Width: 270 millimetres
These have traditionally been regarded as the only surviving fragments of Marcantonio's famous series of 'I Modi'. They are discussed by James Grantham Turner in 'Print Quarterly' December 2004, XXI, pp.369-79, who concludes that they come from a single 'replacement' set for Marcantonio's originals, re-engraved in the same direction perhaps by Agostino Veneziano. In this case no original engraving or fragment of one survives. Each fragment is further discussed by James Grantham Turner in 'Art and love in Renaissance Italy', Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2008, cat.99, pp.200-202,
Italian XVIc Mounted Roy
1999 Sep-Nov, New York, Hunter Coll AG, Giulio Romano, Master Designer
2005/6 Oct-Jan, Florence, Museo degli Argenti, 'Mythologica et Erotica'
2007/8 Oct-Jan, London, Barbican Art Gallery, 'Seduced...'
2013/14 Oct-Jan, BM, 'Shunga: Sex and Humour in Japanese Art', 1600-1900
28 July 2005
Reason for treatment
Mount - Overthrow - R
First described in the Ralph Willett sale catalogue, 1812, lot 1307.
Prints & Drawings
Nine fragments depicting the 'Loves of the Gods' (I Modi), mounted on a sheet; four depicting a female head in profile, three depicting the naked upper torso and head of a female reclining on a bed in various positions suggesting intercourse; two nude males seen from the torso up Engraving
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