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Monday, 1 July 2019

Raffaele Albertolli's aquatint, "Head of the Medusa”, 1793


Raffaele Albertolli (1770–1812)

“Head of the Medusa” (aka “Medusa tratta dall' Antico” [Medusa taken from the Ancient]), 1793, plate 17 (“Tav. XVII”) in the series of 20 plates (with the addition of a title and dedication plate to Lodovico Galeazzo Busca Arconati Visconti, marchese di Lomagna) after Giocondo Albertolli (1742–1839) in “Miscellanea per i giovani studiosi del disegno .... Parte terza” (Miscellanea for young scholars of drawing .... Third part), 1796, published by Giocondo Albertolli in Milan, page 39.

(This book is available to view online or to download free of charge from archive.org which also offers detailed information about the publication:

Aquatint with dot roulette etching printed with sanguine coloured ink on heavy laid paper with full margins as published.
Size: (sheet) 58.5 x 44 cm; (plate) 30.2 x 35.3 cm.
Numbered on plate at upper right: “Tav. XVII.”
Lettered on plate along the lower edge: (left) “Raffaelo Albertolli dis, e inc. 1793.”; (centre) “Medusa tratta dall' Antico”. 

Condition: crisp, richly inked and near faultless impression with generous margins (as published) and laid on a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. The sheet is in a near pristine/museum quality condition.

I am selling this large masterpiece of aquatint in the manner of a red chalk drawing for AU$462 (currently US$323.64/EUR285/GBP254.87 at the time of posting this print) 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 this exceptionally rare and magnificent lifetime impression dated on the plate, “1793”, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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