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Friday 28 August 2020

Bernard Picart’s etching, “Psyché,” c1700, after Giulio Romano

Bernard Picart (1673–1733)

Psyché,” c1724–1733, plate 9 from the series, “Impostures Innocentes” (aka “Impostures innocentes, ou, Recueil d'estampes d'apres divers peintres illustres: tels que Rafael, Le Guide, Carlo Maratti, Le Poussin, Rembrandt, &c. gravées à leur imitation, & selon le gout particulier de chacun d'eux, & accompagnées d'un discours sur les préjugés de certains curieux touchant la gravure”), after a drawing by Giulio Romano (aka Giulio Giannuzzi; Giulio Pippi) (1499–1546). This impression is possibly from the 1734 edition published by Picart’s widow (Chez la veuve de Bernard Picart) in Amsterdam (see

Etching on laid paper backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 14 x 22.2 cm; (plate) 10.9 x 18.1 cm.

Numbered and lettered on the plate: (upper right corner) “9”; (lower edge centre) “Psyché/ Gravé par B. Picart, d’aprés le dessein de Jule Romain du Cabinet de Mr. Vilenbroek.”

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:

“Plate 9: Psyche seated and holding an urn, and below two dragons and an eagle, arched design, after Giulio Romano. c.1724/33”


Condition: well-printed/faultless impression with a small margin (approx. 1 cm) in an excellent condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions or significant stains), laid onto a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.

I am selling this sensitive and freely inscribed translation of Giulio Romano’s drawing into an etching—for AU$181 (currently US$132.49/EUR111.28/GBP99.66 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 gorgeous etching capturing a layered history of subtle changes of thought through the drawing process (pentimenti), please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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