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Jason and Medea; the two figures inscribed: 'GIASON' and 'MEDEA' both holding a vase; on the ground at their feet a ram with the golden fleece; circular format. c.1465-80
Engraving, a coat-of-arms of six mountains surmounted by a cross added in pen and brown ink in the centre
- Production date
- 1465-1480 (circa)
Diameter: 149 millimetres (circular)
- Curator's comments
- This unique impression belongs to the so-called 'Otto Prints'; for the group see the commentary to Hind, A.IV.2 (1852-3-1-3).
As Hind suggested, the coat-of-arms added in pen and ink is probably that of the Florentine Buondelmonti family. The composition of the print is similar to that shown in a drawing of the same subject in the Florentine Picture-Chronicle, an album of pen-and-ink drawings in the BM, now believed to be the product of Baldini's studio (f. 35v; see B. Degenhart, A. Schmitt, 'Corpus der italienischen Zeichnungen 1300-1450, Teil I: Sud-und Mittelitalien', 4, Berlin, 1968; pl. 416). Zucker (in 'The Illustrated Bartsch, Commentary', vol. 24, part 1, 1993, p. 133-134, no. 015) noted that the subject of the engraving is rarely depicted in 15th century Italian art. See also G. Van der Sman, 'Ghirlandaio y el renacimiento en Florencia', Madrid, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisz, cat.no.34 (Spanish and English) where the print is attributed to Baldini.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2010 June-Oct, Madrid, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, 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); Klauss Otto (Leipzig, Weigel, 1852).
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