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Pliny’s Tales Illustration, After Caravaggio, 16th or 17th Century

$250

Polidoro da Caravaggio (c. 1497-c.1543)
Marco Paluzzi (engraver)
Perillus inuentor mandante Phalaride primus expertus est
Polidorus de Carauagio pinxit gio Marco paluzzi le stampa in piazza nauona

Pisa: 16th or 17th Century
Copperplate engraving
11 x 9.75 inches, image
11.5 x 10.5 inches, overall
$250

An illustration from Chapter 34 of Pliny’s Tales, concerning an incident involving the tyrant Phalaride and a bull. The title roughly translates as “Distinguished inventor ordered by Phalaride is first put to the test.”

Description

An illustration from Chapter 34 of Pliny’s Tales, concerning an incident involving the tyrant Phalaride and a bull. The title roughly translates as “Distinguished inventor ordered by Phalaride is first put to the test.”

The original passage from Pliny, in Latin, reads as follows: “Perillum nemo laudet saeviorem Phalaride tyranno, cui taurum fecit mugitus inclusi hominis pollicitus igni subdito et primus expertus cruciatum eum iustiore saevitia. huc a simulacris deorum hominumque devocaverat humanissimam artem. ideo tot conditores eius laboraverant, ut ex ea tormenta fierent!”

Inscription indicates it was engraved after a painting by the Italian artist Polidoro de Caravaggio, by Marco Paluzzi, printer, in the Piazza Navona.

Condition: Generally very good with the usual light toning, wear, soiling, soft creases. Few short marginal tears, professionally restored. Margins trimmed, fairly close but ample. Edges a bit worn.

Additional information

Century

17th Century