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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1925,1215.118

  • Description

    Apollo and Marsyas and the Judgement of Midas; Apollo at centre, holding a flaying knife in his right hand and the skin of Marsyas in his left hand; the flayed Marsyas hanging from a tree at left; Midas with the ears of an ass kneeling at right; satyrs and soldiers in background. 1581 Engraving

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1581
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 230 millimetres
    • Width: 312 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered on a tablet at upper left with a dedication to Francesco de' Medici, Duke of Tuscany: 'FRANC. MED./ MA. ETRUR./ D. II. P.B.M./ 15 D.D. 81/ M.M.'
  • Curator's comments

    BM also has a reverse copy dated (impossibly) 1536, see 1919,0616.28. Hollstein's first state is a unique unfinished proof in the Uffizi with hand-colouring added. See Jürgen Rapp, in 'Pantheon' 1985, pp.61-70.
    The copper plate formed part of the Medici collection, and was last recorded in 1770. See 'Innocente e calunniato: Federico Zuccaro e le vedette d'artista', Uffizi 2009, p.190.

    This print was issued as a black and white facsimile by the British Museum in 'Reproductions of Prints in the British Museum', New Series Part VI (Specimens of Line-engraving by Masters of Germany and the Low Countries (1530-1620)), Published by the Trustees in 1897, where it was number III and described there as 'Melchior Meier. Apollo and Marsyas.'; see 1897,08.13.20.3 (Shelfmark 245*.b.20).

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  • Bibliography

    • Hollstein 7.II bibliographic details
    • Passavant 1860-64 III.475.5 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (German XVIc Mounted Roy)

  • Exhibition history

    2009 Aug-Dec, BM P&D, Sixteenth-century anatomical prints

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1925

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1925,1215.118

Apollo and Marsyas and the Judgement of Midas; Apollo at centre, holding a flaying knife in his r hand and the skin of Marsyas in his l hand; the flayed Marsyas hanging from a tree at l; Midas with the ears of an ass kneeling at r; satyrs and soldiers in background.  1581  Engraving

Apollo and Marsyas and the Judgement of Midas; Apollo at centre, holding a flaying knife in his r hand and the skin of Marsyas in his l hand; the flayed Marsyas hanging from a tree at l; Midas with the ears of an ass kneeling at r; satyrs and soldiers in background. 1581 Engraving

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