Girard Audran (aka Gérard Audran) (1640–1703)
“Cupid with the Thunderbolts of Jupiter”, c.1670 (1662–1690), plate 2 from the series of fourteen plates (Robert-Dumesnil 105–118), “Angels of the Farnesina Ceiling” (aka “Angles du plafond de la Farnesine, à Rome”), after a lunette from the ceiling of the Psyche loggia (Loggia di Psiche) in the Villa Farnesina in Rome, designed by Raphael (aka Raffaello Santi; Raffaello Sanzio; Raffaello) (1483–1520). Early impression before the addition of the text line: “Raphael Inventor G. Audran delineavit et sculpsit Romae superiorum licentia cum privilegio Regis”.
Etching printed in a warm black ink on laid paper (with watermark), trimmed slightly within the triangular plate, but retaining the complete image borderline.
Size: (sheet) 22 x 28.7 cm.
Robert-Dumesnil 106 (A.-P.-F. Robert-Dumesnil 1865, “Le Peintre-Graveur Français …”, vol. 9, p. 298, cat. no. 106; see https://archive.org/details/bnf-bpt6k65575421/page/n319/mode/2up); IFF 114 ((Département des Estampes 1930, “Inventaire du Fonds Français: graveurs du XVIIe siècle”, Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, cat. no. 114); LeBlanc 164–177 (Charles Le Blanc, “Manuel de l'amateur d'estampes: contenant le dictionnaire des graveurs de toutes les nations”, vol. 1, Paris, p. 164, cat. nos. 164–177).
See also the description of this print offered by the British Museum: https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_1917-1208-868.
Condition: a well-printed impression trimmed within the platemark on the top and lower edges. The sheet is in an excellent condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains or foxing.
I am selling this unusual and beautiful etching, that is shaped according to Raphael’s lunette ceiling painting in the Villa Farnesina (Rome), for AU$256 in total (currently US$171.11/EUR154.82/GBP136.29 at the time of posting this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.
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