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Thursday 31 December 2020

Luigi Ademollo’s etching with aquatint, “Departure of Hector for Battle & Venus Wounded by Diomede”, c1820

Luigi Ademollo (1764–1849)

“Departure of Hector for Battle & Venus Wounded by Diomede”, early 1800s, plate 5, two illustrations to Virgil’s epic poem, “The Aeneid” (29–19 BC).

Etching and aquatint printed in sepia coloured ink on wove paper, trimmed with a small margin around the two image borderlines and backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 44.5 x 32 cm; (upper image borderline) 34 x 31.5 cm; (lower image borderline) 9 x 31.2 cm.

Numbered and lettered on plate below the upper image: (left) “5”; (centre) “PARTENZA DI ETTORE PEL COMBATTIMENTO.” (Departure of Hector for battle)

Lettered on plate below the lower image: (centre) “VENERE FERITA DA DIOMEDE.”; (right) “Luigi Ademolli Pittore fece.”

The Bartolini Collection and the Bibliotheca Hertziana offer descriptions of this print:;

Condition: richly inked and well-printed impression(s), but with restoration to fractures at the upper-left corner and laid onto a sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.

I am selling this very rare and large etching featuring two scenes from the Trojan War executed by a leading Tuscan Neoclassical artist of the early 1800s—interestingly, the treatment of the shadows with mottled light and the hint of surface textures may be viewed as heralding the late 19th century group of Tuscan Neoclassical artists called the Macchiaioli, because of their use of similar patches of light (termed "macchie")—for AU$302 (currently US$232.61/EUR189.01/GBP170.58 at the time of posting this listing) 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 beautifully glowing Neoclassical etching that is rarely seen on the art market, 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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