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Hercules wrestling the Nemean lion, set in a landscape; using a figure group designed in the school of Raphael
Chiaroscuro woodcut from two blocks in brown
- Production date
- 1560-1570 (circa)
Height: 296 millimetres
Width: 410 millimetres
- Curator's comments
See Naoko Takahatake, 'The chiaroscuro woodcut in Renaisssance Italy', Los Angeles 2018, cat.86. The composition uses a group designed in the school of Raphael which was turned into a chiaroscuro woodcut by Niccolo Vicentino (see B.XII.119.17); the landscape in this print was created and added by Boldrini himself.
For another chiaroscuro impression see 1895,0122.1286; for two late impressions of the line block alone, see 1895,0122.1287 and W,4.5.
This is possibly by Nicolo Boldrini.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- The 255 woodcuts came from a group of 500 that was offered by Colnaghi for £500 (see Carpenter's report dated 21 March 1860). According to the register these came from the collection of William Russell. Carpenter proposed making a selection of those that the BM lacked; this was first declined by Colnaghi's, but was later accepted (see his later report dated 11 April). The final selection of 255 prints cost 300 guineas. Nos.312 to 327 were Japanese colour prints - almost the earliest to enter the BM collection.
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