Rare Antique Portrait Print-homer-poet-greek-picart-canini-1731
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Description: Rare original proof print with manuscript caption and numbering, signed in the plate. The book for which these proofs were intended is: 'Images des Heros et grands Hommes de l'Antiquite.', by Giovanni Angelo Canini. The French edition, with the plates by Picart and Vallet, was first published in Amsterdam: B.Picart & J.F. Bernard, 1731. The original edition was published in Rome, 1669.Artists and Engravers: Engravers associated with this print are: Etienne Picart and Guillaume Vallet. Etienne Picart (1632-1721) was a Parisian engraver and print publisher. He was trained in Paris, but from 1655 to 1661 worked in Rome, together with Vallet. Afterwards they returned to Paris, where they were admitted to the Academie Royale de Peinture et Sculpture. He emigrated to Amsterdam later in life. Guillaume Vallet (1632-1704) was a friend of Picart's; they stayed and worked in Paris together.
Subject: Plate: Homero, xxvii, 101. A profile portrait of Homer, the Greek poet.
Condition: Excellent given age. Some general age-related toning to the top edge. Please study scan carefully.
Size (in cm): The overall size is ca. 15 x 22 cm. The image size is ca. 10 x 13.5 cm.
Size (in inch): The overall size is ca. 5.9 x 8.7 inch. The image size is ca. 3.9 x 5.3 inch.
Medium: Original upclutch (contra-epreuve) of a copper engraving (process where a just printed (still wet) engraving is pressed onto a sheet, thus the image is a positive whereas the final engraving would be a negative) on a verge type paper. The caption and numbering is here still given in manuscript, while it would be engraved into the plate for the definitive print. Extr. rare.
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