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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1902,0822.1

  • Description

    Beasts and birds fighting; a number of pairs of animals (lions, dogs, hares, boars, leopards, deer, ducks and other birds) hunting or being hunted in a rocky landscape by the sea. c.1460 Engraving

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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1460 (circa)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 258 millimetres
    • Width: 378 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    An early and unique impression partly discoloured and damaged near the left and lower margins. According to Hind, this is stylistically related to the so-called 'Florentine Picture-Chronicle', a series of fifty-five drawings (in the BM) representing scenes and figures of ancient history. The BM album is now thought to be by artists in the circle of Baccio Baldini (c.1436-c.1487); for a brief entry on these drawings see H. Chapman, in exh. cat., BM, `Padua in the 1450s, Marco Zoppo and his Contemporaries`, 1998, no. 16; for the reproductions see B. Degenhart, A. Schmitt, 'Corpus der italienischen Zeichnungen 1300-1450, Teil I: Sud-und Mittelitalien, 4 vols, Berlin, 1968. Some of the animals in this print are found in the album - for example, the dog chasing the hare on the right and the two hounds pulling down the boar in the centre are repeated in reverse in the 'Jacob and Esau' drawing (fol. 12; Degenhart, Schmitt, pl. 392); also the dragon is like the one in the 'Proserpine and Pluto' (fol.39; Degenhart, Schmitt, pl. 419). The artist (or artists) responsible for the album and the printmaker responsible for the present work were almost certainly copying from the same pattern book of animal poses, perhaps one created by Maso Finiguerra, the master of Baccio Baldini. This print belongs to a group of early engravings of miscellaneous subjects and of varying quality often associated with Baccio Baldini or his workshop. Zucker has given the majority of Hind's Fine Manner group to Baldini, dating them from the early 1460s to the mid-1480s (for a discussion of the issue see Mark J. Zucker, 'The Illustrated Bartsch, Commentary', vol. 24, part 1, 1993, pp. 89-93, 240).

    Lit.: H. Chapman and M. Faietti, exhib. cat., BM, London, `Fra Angelico to Leonardo: Italian Renaissance Drawings`, 2010, under no.34 (= Florentine Picture Chronicle), fig.4, pp.170-1 (cat. entry by H. Chapman).

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  • Bibliography

    • TIB 24.2403.113 bibliographic details
    • Hind 1938-48 A.II.2 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Italian XVc Mounted Roy)

  • Exhibition history

    1995/6 Oct-Jan, Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, Italian Majolica
    2007 Mar-Jun, Rome, Scuderie del Quirinale, 'Dürer and Italy'
    2010 April-July, BM, 'Fra Angelico to Leonardo', displayed with no. 34
    2013 Oct-Dec, Warwickshire, Compton Verney, Curious Beasts
    2014 March-May, Belfast, Ulster Museum, Curious Beasts
    2014 June-Aug, Hull, Ferens Art Gallery, Curious Beasts
    2014 Oct-Dec, San Diego, University Galleries, Curious Beasts
    2016-2017 21 Oct-5 Feb, Adelaide, South Australian Museum: ‘Curious Beasts’

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1902

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1902,0822.1

Beasts and birds fighting; a number of pairs of animals (lions, dogs, hares, boars, leopards, deer, ducks and other birds) hunting or being hunted in a rocky landscape by the sea.  c.1460  Engraving

Beasts and birds fighting; a number of pairs of animals (lions, dogs, hares, boars, leopards, deer, ducks and other birds) hunting or being hunted in a rocky landscape by the sea. c.1460 Engraving

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