- Also known as
primary name: Franco, Giacomo
- individual; designer; printmaker; publisher/printer; dealer/auction house; Venetian; Italian; Male
- Life dates
- Venice, all'insegna del Sole
- Designer, engraver, printer, dealer and publisher of books and prints. Active in Venice. Record of death 28 June 1620. He was described as 'Intagliator di rame' in the necrology of S. Moise; in his will he described himself as 'dessegnador' (Bode). Illegitimate son of Giovanni Battista Franco, il Semolei. He may have begun at his father's shop 'In Venetia a Santa Fosca' (see von Hadeln, Archivalische Beiträge, 1911, for his father's will; and Bragaglia Venuti Stampe del XV e del XVI secolo, 2011, p.42, no 8.)
By 1595 he was established 'all'Insegna del Sole' in the Frezzeria. 1579 a 'Jacopo Franco' inscribed in the Arte dei Stampatori e Librari of Venice (Brown). Giacomo was matriculated in gild of painters in Venice, 1606-1619 (Favaro). In 16 November 1591 he obtained a privilege for a "libro delli habiti alla venetiana". 20 July 1596, Franco acquired a privilege for a writing book and for a book of sewing models (mostre da cucir), with 16 woodcuts and 8 engravings (Nuova inventione de diverse mostre, Venice 1596, Strange, no.24, p.227). A privilege granted 17 June 1597 for a copper plate of the miracle-making Madonna of Treviso. Another privilege, 15 November 1597, for Giuseppe Rosaccio's Il viaggio di Venetia a Costantinopoli.
Franco's first dated print 1572. Executed plates for Nelli, the Bertelli and others. He specialized in prints showing Venice, its life and customs. He inherited at least some of his father's plates and acquired a number of plates which had originally carried the address of Orazio and Luca Bertelli (e.g. 1582 Agostino Carracci engravings after Veronese and Tintoretto).
- M. Bury, 'The Print in Italy 1550-1625', British Museum, London 2001, p.226
Carlo Pasero, 'Giacomo Franco, editore, incisore, calcografo nei secoli XVI e XVII', in 'La Bibliofilia', 37 (1935), pp.332-356 (catalogue)