definition: stampa


identification: OLIMPO
: Olympus (Surprise)
title: Sorpresa


New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Department of Drawings and Prints


data uscita: 1939


sec. XVI, secondo quarto
1540 ca. - 1549 ca.



Niccolò Vicentino, 1510 ca./ post 1566 (bottega)


xilografia; chiaroscuro; mm 272 x 188 ca.
medium material: carta








Chiaroscuro woodcut from 3 blocks, blue/dark blue/black (state iii/vi)

state i/vi: horizontal line in the mid-tone block above the uppermost highlight in the swell of Olympus's drapery (MMA 33.13(16): olive/brown-olive/black [vedrigris])
state ii/vi: horizontal line removed from mid-tone block
state iii/vi: oval frame in
the darkest block is interrupted in its right half (this impression)
state iv/vi: mid-tone block along the lower right edge of the oval composition; darkest block along the oval frame removed (MMA 1983.1195: mustard/brown/black)
state v/vi (issued by Andreani): losses in mid-block oval frame plugged (Achenbach 1968.13.2)
state vi/vi (issued by Andreani): “AA” cut in the light tone block in the lower left corner (BM 1874,0808.208)

See comment in ALU.1000.1

Other impressions issued by the Vicentino Workshop:

-MFA 64.1130: orange-lime/green/black (state iii/vi) https://collections.mfa.org/objects/167945/surprise
-BNF Réserve EA 39: red/medium red/black
-BnF BD 51: light blue/blue/black
-Harvard G7487: olive/brown-olive/black https://hvrd.art/o/273156
-MMA 33.13(16): olive/brown-olive/black https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/632809
-MMA 1983.1195: mustard/brown/black https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/632805
-PMA 1985-52-206 (possibly state ii/vi?) https://www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/30033.html?mulR=969577564|1
-BM 1874,0808.207: lime/green/black https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_1874-0808-207
-BM 1860,0414.117: red/medium red/black (state iv/vi) https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_1860-0414-117
-Albertina DG2002/541: lime/green/black (state iii/vi) https://sammlungenonline.albertina.at/m?queryid=28301387-3d74-452e-bda8-abd7ff2c1886
-Albertina DG 2002/539: light brown/brown/black (state iv/vi) https://sammlungenonline.albertina.at/m?queryid=4ce2cdca-9447-4b66-9791-0903f8d6ae51
-Baselitz (Gnann 2013, no. 50): orange-lime/green/black (state iii/vi)
-Fondation Custodia inv 2958c: light red/red/black (state ii/vi)
-Berlin 580-1895: red/medium red/black

Impressions issued by the Ladder in a Shield Printer in brown/medium brown/dark brown/black (state iv/vi):

-Achenbach 2011.69.3 https://art.famsf.org/ugo-da-carpi/surprise-2011693
-MFA P1699 https://collections.mfa.org/objects/109735/surprise
-Munich 12146
-V&A E.293-1890
-BnF BD 5A


type of material: fotografia digitale
ente proprietario: New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art ©


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