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Sunday 12 September 2021

Cherubino Alberti’s engraving, “The Rape of the Sabine Women: Panel 1”, c1580, after Polidoro da Caravaggio

Cherubino Alberti (aka Zaccaria Mattia; Borghegiano) (1553–1615)

“The Rape of the Sabine Women: Panel 1”, c1580 (1563–1615), the left panel of a frieze of three engravings designed to be joined horizontally, after Polidoro da Caravaggio (aka Polidoro Caldara; Polidoro da Caravagio) (c1499–1543), published in Rome.

See the description of the second panel offered by Spaightwood Galleries:

Engraving on laid paper, trimmed along (or close to) the platemark and backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 18.8 x 47.3 cm.

Lettered in plate in cartouche below the image borderline: (centre) “SABINARVM RAPTVM A POLYDORO CARAVAGIEN CELEBERR PICTORE DELINEATVM/ I”; (right) “Cum priuilegio Summi Pontificis.”

TIB 34 (17).159 (109) (Sebastian Buffa 1982, “The Illustrated Bartsch: Italian Artists of the Sixteenth Century”, vol. 34, New York, Abaris Books, pp. 288–89, cat. no. 159 [109]); Gramaccini & Meier 177.

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:

“Rape of the Sabines, Romulus at the left with his outstretched left arm orders the Romans to search for the women. Engraving” (

Condition: a strong and well-printed impression, trimmed along (or close to) the platemark and laid onto a sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. Beyond a mark on the upper left corner and a restored lower right corner, the sheet is in a very good condition for its considerable age with no significant stains or foxing.

I am selling this superb engraving by one of the most famous of the Italian Mannerist engravers showing the left panel (of three) to a frieze designed by Polidoro da Caravaggio, for the total cost of AU$339 (currently US$249.47/EUR211.12/GBP180.28 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 this very dramatic bas-relief scene showing Romulus (at left) leaving his tent to instruct his men to search for the Sabine women, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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