Monday, 19 November 2018

Giovanni Battista Galestruzzi’s etching, “Three Roman Statues”, 1660, after Polidoro da Caravaggio

Giovanni Battista Galestruzzi (1619–c1678)

“Three Roman Statues” (aka “Les statues de trois anciens Romains placées l'une à côté de l'autre”), 1660, plate six in the series of six etchings, “Trophies of Arms and Vases”, after Polidoro da Caravaggio (aka Polidoro Caldara; Polidoro da Caravagio) (c1500–1536/7?).

Etching on fine laid paper with wide margins (as published?) and backed with a support sheet.
Lettered on plate below each of the statues: (left sculpture) “POLIDORO DA CARAVAGGIO INVEN.”; (middle sculpture) “Gio Batta Galestruzzi fiorentino.”; (right sculpture) “Pittore fece. In ROMA 1660.”
Numbered on plate: (lower right corner) “6”.

TIB 46 (21).52 (64) (Paolo Bellini [ed.] 1982, “The Illustrated Bartsch: Italian Masters of the Seventeenth Century”, vol. 46, Abaris Books, New York, p. 109); Bartsch XXI.64.52.

The British Museum offers a description of this print:
The Harvard Art Museum has a trimmed copy of this print featuring the statue on the left: and the two statues on the right:

Condition: crisp, well-printed impressions with wide margins (as published) in excellent condition (i.e. there are no tears, folds, holes, abrasions, significant stains or foxing) and laid together upon a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.

I am selling this early impression (based on the crisp linework showing no sign of wear to the printing plate) of a seldom seen etching (note that the Rijksmuseum does not hold a copy and the Harvard museum has an impression that is cut in two sections) for total cost of AU$287 (currently US $210.04/EUR 183.87/GBP 163.14 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries).

If you are interested in purchasing these fascinating depictions of Roman sculptures viewed from the perspective of a worm, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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