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Thursday 16 May 2019

Raffaele Albertolli's aquatint (with dot roulette), “Head of the Medusa”, 1793

Raffaele Albertolli (1770–1812)

“Head of the Medusa” (descriptive title only) (aka “L'antecedente Medusa in proffilo” [“The antecedent Medusa in profilo”]), 1793, plate 18 (“Tav. XVIII”) 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 40.

(This book is available to view online or to download free of charge from 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 and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 58.6 x 44.3 cm; (plate) 33.4 x 22.2 cm.
Numbered on plate at upper right: “Tav.XVIII.”
Lettered on plate along the lower edge: (left) “Albertolli figlio dis e inc. 1793”; (centre) “L'antecedente Medusa in proffilo”.

Condition: crisp, richly inked and near faultless impression with generous margins (as published) laid upon a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. The sheet is in an excellent/museum quality condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of use).

I am selling this large and magnificent etched profile study of the mythological Medusa's head for AU$380 (currently US$263.36/EUR234.71/GBP20513 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 stunningly beautiful and large aquatint, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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