Metamorphoseon sive transformationum
Vertumnus anili forma Pomonae sui amorem persuadet
Pomona seated on a low wall within a garden, to left, with Vertumnus in the guise of an old woman seated to right conversing with her. 1606
Good early impression with little scratches in the plate still visible. Full plate border and wide margins in the full laid paper sheet. Excellent condition, no folds tears or stains.
Fine etching in the sensitive style of the Northern Italian Schools
The women figures sometimes remind Parmigianino.
Inventor-engraver: Antonio Tempesta (1555-1630)
Painter-engraver from Florence. Important link between Flemish and Italian art. Pupil of Jan Van Der Straet (Stradanus).His fresco of hunting and battle scenes are highly estimated. His horse figures are phenomenall. Antonio, perhaps even more then Rembrandt saw the etching technique as the medium to express his art. Tempesta is best known for his etchings for Ovid's Metamorphoses and his innovative prints of battles and hunts. (Source: metmuseum)
About this series: Metamorphoseon Ovidianarum.
Though not published till 1606, Tempesta's designs were apparently already available for imitation by Goltzius as well as de Passe, whose own cycles were published before that date in the late 16th century. This indicates how important this original designed and engraved by Tempesta is.
- Antonio Tempesta (1555-1630)
- Title of artwork
- Vertumnus and Pomona in the garden - Metamorphoseon
- Not signed
- In very good condition
- Sold with frame
- Image size
- 105×119 mm
- Total dimensions
- 175×220×1 mm