- Museum number
Nine fragments depicting the 'Loves of the Gods' (I Modi ['the Positions']), mounted on a sheet; four depicting a female head in profile, three depicting the naked upper torso and head of a female reclining on a bed in various positions suggesting intercourse; two nude males seen from the torso up
- Production date
Height: 240 millimetres (sheet)
Width: 270 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- These have traditionally been regarded as the only surviving fragments of Marcantonio's famous series of 'I Modi'. They are discussed by James Grantham Turner in 'Print Quarterly' December 2004, XXI, pp.369-79, who concludes that they come from a single 'replacement' set for Marcantonio's originals, re-engraved in the same direction perhaps by Agostino Veneziano. In this case no original engraving or fragment of one survives. Each fragment is further discussed by James Grantham Turner in 'Art and love in Renaissance Italy', Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2008, cat.99, pp.200-202,
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1999 Sep-Nov, New York, Hunter Coll AG, Giulio Romano, Master Designer
2005-06 Oct-Jan, Florence, Museo degli Argenti, 'Mythologica et Erotica'
2007-08 Oct-Jan, London, Barbican Art Gallery, 'Seduced...'
2008-09, New York, Met, 'Art and Love in Renaissance Italy', no. 99.
2013-14 Oct-Jan, BM, 'Shunga: Sex and Humour in Japanese Art', 1600-1900
2016-17 30 Sep-23 April, Manchester, Whitworth, 'Marcantonio'
2018 -2019, 6 Sep - 20 Jan, London, BM, G35, I Object
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- First described in the Ralph Willett sale catalogue, 1812. Said to have come from Mariette's collection, although the 1775 catalogue does not contain any item which corresponds exactly. Nos. 38 ('La suite des amours des Dieux en 20 pieces, extraordinairement rares') and 39 ('Dix autres petites pieces du meme genre, aussi rares') are the only entries that are similar. However Mariette's Marcantonio prints were bought en bloc by Ralph Willett, in whose sale these appear.
The fragments are listed in the 1837 inventory as Ii,16.9 ('Marcantonio - Nine fragments unique'). This original inventory number was rediscovered in 2019, and replaces the 1972,U number used until this point.
For J T Smith's purchases at the Lawrence sale, see Ii,16.2.
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- Additional IDs
Other BM number: 1972,U.1306 to 1314