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Vertumnus and Pomona - Francesco Bartolozzi


Vertumnus and Pomona - Francesco Bartolozzi

Vertumnus and Pomona. Beautiful etching and aquatint, 1776, printed in color with golden decorations. In ancient frame of the nineteenth century with brass studs at the 4 corners. Measurement with the frame 53.5 cm x 43. Represents Vertumno patron deity of vegetation, in love with Pomona, goddess of fruit. In good condition, slightly browned paper, printed on laid paper. Engraved by Francesco Bartolozzi (Florence, September 25, 1727 - Lisbon, March 7, 1815) was a draftsman, painter and engraver Italian. Son of the goldsmith Gaetano Bartolozzi, to nine years already knew draw and knew the basics of the technique of etching and engraving. He moved to Venice, where, from 1748 to 1754, he worked in the prestigious workshop of Joseph Wagner. In 1756 Bartolozzi moved 'to Rome to enter the Chamber Chalcography, a laboratory Printing established in 1738 by Pope Clement XII. Then he returned to Venice in 1760 where he resumed working with Wagner but he dedicated 'to the production of their recordings as the series dedicated to Guercino. His reputation as an engraver was such that in 1764 Richard Dalton, bookseller of King George III, convinced him to move to London making confer the title of "Engraver to the King" and he soon became part of the Incorporated Society of Artists. In over 40 years of stay in London Bartolozzi produced more than 2,000 tables, almost all with the technique of "red chalk", a mixture of kaolin and hematite invented in those years in France but brought to the fore and elevated to the level of art just by Bartolozzi . No coincidence that his students called him "god of drawing", the god of the design. In 1802 Bartolozzi, now seventy-five, he moved to Lisbon, where he was knighted, and went on to direct the Aula de Gravura at the Academia de Lisboa until 1815, the year of his death.

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