Antonio Tempesta (1555-1630) - Vertumnus and Pomona in the garden - Metamorphoseon

Antonio Tempesta (1555-1630) - Vertumnus and Pomona in the garden - Metamorphoseon
Etching - Not signed - 1606

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
Bartsch XVII.151.779

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.

Lot details
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
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