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Tuesday 11 January 2022

Antoinette Bouzonnet Stella’s etching, “Plate 18: Entry of Emperor Sigismund into Mantua”, 1675

Antoinette Bouzonnet Stella (1641–1676)

“Plate 18: Entry of Emperor Sigismund into Mantua”, 1675, plate 18 from the series of twenty-five etchings, “Palazzo del T” (BM title), after the drawing design by Antoinette’s brother, Antoine Bouzonnet Stella (1637–1682), published in Paris in 1675 by Antoinette’s sister, Claudine Bouzonnet Stella (aka Claudine Bouzonnet; Claudia Bouzonnet-Stella) (1636–1697) and with royal privilege, after the fresco frieze (c1530s) by Giulio Romano (aka Giulio Giannuzzi; Giulio Pippi) (c1499–1546) in the Palazzo del Te, Mantua, showing the triumphal entry of Emperor Sigismund (aka Sigismondo Augusto) into Mantua in 1432.

Etching on laid paper with wide margins.

Size: (sheet) 32.5 x 53 cm; (plate) 16.5 x 41 cm; (image borderline) 16 x 40.9 cm.

Inscribed in plate within the image borderline: (lower left) “Cum piuil Regis”; (lower left corner) “18”.

The British Museum offers the following description of this print: “Plate 18: a procession of Roman soldiers, on horseback, marching to the right, with lictors on the left, preceded by musicians playing trumpet and horn; after the frieze representing the triumph of Sigismund executed by Giulio Romano in the Palazzo del Te, Mantua. 1675 Etching” (

Condition: a richly inked and well-printed impression showing no signs of wear to the printing plate and with generously wide margins. The sheet is in an excellent condition for its age with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains or foxing.

I am selling this superbly preserved etching executed by one of the few historically documented female printmakers from the late Renaissance period for a total cost of AU$244 (currently US$176.24/EUR154.86/GBP129.19 at the time of posting 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 visually arresting etching exemplifying the period style of Mannerism, 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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