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La morte di Procri - Giorgio Ghisi


La morte di Procri - Giorgio Ghisi

The death of Procri. Engraving from 1546. Measurement of the engraved part 39 x 56.2 cm. Specimen in the tenth state of eleven (Bellini 6 X / XI), before the censorship of nudes. The scene, taken from Ovid's Metamorphoses, shows the despair of Cephalus, who mourns the death of Procri, pierced by a spear. Good impression, in excellent condition, printed on laid paper with "single circle lily" watermark. From a subject by Giulio Romano, engraved by Giorgio Ghisi also known as Giorgio Mantovano (Mantua, 1520 - 1582), he was an Italian engraver. Son of Ludovico Ghisi, a merchant from Parma who moved to Mantua and brother of Teodoro, he was inspired by the works of Marcantonio Raimondi, coming to develop a style characterized by an intense chiaroscuro. In 1550 he visited Antwerp to work in the workshop of Hieronymus Cock, before returning to Mantua, where he worked for a lifetime.

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