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Friday 21 August 2020

Diana Scultori’s engraving, “Marcia de Cavaleri”, 1575, after Giulio Romano

Diana Scultori (aka Diana Scultori; Diana Mantuana; Diana Mantovana; Diana Ghisi) (1547–1612)

“Marcia de Cavaleri”, 1575 (see publication details below), after a stucco frieze (erroneously described by A Zanetti [1837] in “Le Premier Siècle de la Calcographie” as a fresco) in the Palazzo del Tè at Mantua and drawings by Giulio Romano (1499–1546) now lost apart from two drawings (including the composition of this engraving) preserved in the Louvre (inv. 3555), showing the triumphal entry of the Emperor Sigismund into Mantua. Initially published as an engraved frieze incorporating three sheets with a total size of 17 x 99 cm, but in the final state (shown here) the middle section has been extracted and published by Carlo Losi (fl.1757–1805) in Rome in 1773 (as inscribed on the plate).

Note that Antoine Bouzonnet-Stella (1637–1682) made a copy of this composition (see as well as Pietro Santi Bartoli (1635–1700) and Antonio Tempesta (1555–1630).

Engraving on laid paper backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet trimmed unevenly) 21 x 37.5 cm; (plate) 17.3 x 32.5 cm.

Inscribed on plate along lower edge: (left) “In Roma presso Carlo Losi 1773”; (left of centre) “All’ Illmo Sigr. Scipione Gonzagga/ Diana Mantouana”

State iv (of iv) with the publication details of Carlo Losi.

Bellini 24 VI (Paolo Bellini 199, “L’Opera Incisa Adamo e Diana Scultori”, Venice, Neri Pozza Editore, pp. 205–207, cat. no. 24).

Condition: richly inked, strong impression laid onto a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. Apart from a few nicks to the margin edges and minor signs of handling, the sheet is in an excellent condition with no holes, folds, holes, losses, abrasions, significant stains or foxing.

I am selling this strong engraving by an equally strong and remarkably interesting Renaissance female artist who (from my fading memory and I apologise in advance if I am wrong …) was the first artist to copyright the adding of pictures to caps—admittedly the caps were really sleeping bonnets with a printed view of Delft sown on—and was so driven to succeed in a man's world that she has a string of alternative names as she changed her family name to fit with those in power at the time and was ruthless with those who got in her way, for AU$280 (currently US$200.56/EUR170.24/GBP153.07 at the time of posting this print) including Express Mail (EMS) 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 superb engraving, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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