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Circe, Parmigianino. Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola, Italian.


Circe, Parmigianino. Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola, Italian.



Print showing Circe, standing on a wharf with dragon-like serpents, offering a drink to sailors as their ship passes.
Title provided by researcher 10/2017.
Alternate title from "The 'Pembroke' album of chiaroscuros : A revised list by Alan M. Fern and Karen F. Beall" in Shaw, Renata, Graphic Sampler. Washington : Library of Congress, 1979, p. 27.
Attributed to Antonio da Trento after Parmigianino. Circe giving drink.
Former attribution from Graphic sampler: Ugo after Parmigianino, republished by Andrea Andreani.
Print originally part of Pembroke album, no. 59.
Graphic sampler, p. 27, no. 59
Forms part of: Fine print filing series (Library of Congress).
Exhibited: "Chiaroscuro Woodcut in Renaissance Italy" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA., June - September 2018; at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., October 2018 - January 2019.

Printmaking in woodcut and engraving came to Northern Italy within a few decades of their invention north of the Alps. Engraving probably came first to Florence in the 1440s, the goldsmith Maso Finiguerra (1426–64) used the technique. Italian engraving caught the very early Renaissance, 1460–1490. Print copying was a widely accepted practice, as well as copying of paintings viewed as images in their own right.



1400 - 1500


Carpi, Ugo da, 1480-approximately 1532, artist


National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

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