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Signorum Veterum Icones

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  • Museum number


  • Title (series)

    • Signorum Veterum Icones
  • Description

    Sculpture of two wrestlers; side view; victor on top and defeated on the ground beneath him looking worried

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1669-1671 (c.)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 165 millimetres
    • Width: 219 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered within image with: "Neefs d." in lower left corner, De Bisschop's monogram in lower right corner: ''JE f.'' (Nagler III.2254), numbered in top right corner: "18" and inscribed with pencil or graphite below image: "Boxers".
  • Curator's comments

    The statuary group, now in the Uffizi in Florence is a Roman copy after a lost bronze original of the third century B.C. showing the influence of Lysippos. It was found in 1853 in fragmentary state. The etching shows altogether five different views of the group, in reverse, after the group's reconstructions of the sixteenth century. This must mean that the group was exhibited as a freestanding sculpture. The etchings are after drawings by Neefs (1850,0810.671), Doncker (1850,0810.672), Doudijns (1850,0810.673-674) and Backer (1850,0810.675) of which none can now be traced, nor any intermediary drawing by De Bisschop himself. In his text De Bisschop states that the group is 'in hortis Mediceis' and translates this into Dutch as 'in den Hof van Medices'. The image was rotated 90º to left to fit page. The statue was depicted from five different angles, each on separate plate. For all five plates see: 1901,1022.2531.19-23.
    For more information about this edition and other present volumes in the British Museum see comment 1850,0810.652.


  • Bibliography

    • Hollstein 6 bibliographic details
    • Van Gelder I.106.18-22 bibliographic details
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  • Acquisition notes

    For comment see: 1901,1022.2531.1

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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Sculpture of two wrestlers; side view; victor on top and defeated on the ground beneath him looking worried  Etching


Sculpture of two wrestlers; side view; victor on top and defeated on the ground beneath him looking worried Etching

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