The Adoration of the Magi
engraving, circa 1510-15, on 18th century laid paper, watermark Fleur-de-lis in a double Circle, a good, even but later impression, printed by Vallardi between 1790 and 1810
Sheet 301 x 277 mm.
Bartsch 6, Hind 10, Bellini 11
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This engraving is known in only very few lifetime impressions. The orginal copper plate was re-discovered by the Milanese publisher Giuseppe Vallardi (1784-1861) and reprinted in the last decade of the 18th and first decade of the 19th century. The plate was acquired by the British Museum, London, where is still kept (inv. no. 1888,0117.13). It is a double-sided plate, the other side being engraved with the Allegory of Carnal Love (B. 25) by the same artist.
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