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A pair of dancers, encircled by a border of leaves and flowers with music-making cupids, a pair of lovers reclining below; the sleeve of the young man in the centre is inscribed: 'AME DROIT'; circular format. c.1465-80
- Production date
- 1465-1480 (circa)
Diameter: 200 millimetres (circular)
- Curator's comments
- The present engraving belongs to the so-called 'Otto Prints'; for this group see the commentary to Hind, A.IV.2 (1852-3-1-3).
The dancers are partly copied, in reverse, from a similar couple in the 'Planet Venus' print (Hind, A.III.5a.I); Brockhaus supposed that the present print might be that described as 'forma da cenboli, in foglio comune' in the Francesco Rosselli Inventory of 1525. Another version is in the Rothschild Collection (Louvre, Paris). For comments on the print see A. Wright, in exh. cat., London, National Gallery, 'Renaissance Florence. The Art of the 1470s', 1999-2000, no. 91. Also G. Van der Sman, 'Ghirlandaio y el renacimiento en Florencia', Madrid, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, cat.no.33 (Spanish and English) where the print is attributed to Baldini.
This print was issued as a black and white facsimile by the British Museum in 'Prints and Drawings in the British Museum, Reproduced by Photographic Process', [First Series] Part I (Italian Prints), Published by the Trustees in 1882, where it was number XI and described there as 'Anonymous. Design for Plate - Cavalier and Lady Dancing, c.1450.'; (Shelfmark 245*.b.12).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1999/2000 Oct-Jan, London, National Gallery, Renaissance Florence.The Art of the 1470s, no.91
2008 June-Oct, Florence, Palazzo Pitti, Florence and the Low Countries
2010 June-Oct, Madrid, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisz, Domenico Ghirlandaio
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- One of 6 'Otto' prints purchased at the Otto sale, for a total of £151 16s (including Evans's commission)
Provenance: Baron Philippe de Stosch (1731-1757); Wilhelm Muzel; Ernst Peter Otto (Leipzig, 1783); Klaus Otto (sale Leipzig, Weigel, 1852).
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