The Forge of Vulcan
etching, circa1640-60, on laid paper, with a small indistinct watermark, a good impression of this rare print, first state (of two)
Sheet 400 x 290 mm.
Bartsch XIX.185.7; Nagler 565.7; Hollstein (German) XXXI.9
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This large and dynamic etching is one of only ten recorded prints by this little-known artist, who worked in Bologna, Venice and Padua. His monogram GP had previously been confused with that of the German 17th-century etcher Georg Pecham (active circa1593 - d. 1604). The present print is his largest etching; in the second state a coat of arms and a text banderole were added.

For another print by Possenti please see lot 115.
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