Saints Peter and John, Parmigianino. Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola, Italian.
Print shows a young man turned to look back at an elderly man.
Title from Graphic sampler / compiled by Renata V. Shaw, Prints and Photographs Division. Washington : Library of Congress, 1979, p. 25.
Attributed to Niccolò Vicentino after Parmigianino. Saints Peter and John.
Former attribution from Graphic sampler: Probably Ugo, after Parmigianino, republished by Andrea Andreani.
Print originally part of Pembroke album, no. 28.
Graphic sampler, p. 25, no. 28
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.