May 06, 2021 - Sale 2566

Sale 2566 - Lot 53

Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
Venus Punishing Profane Love.

Engraving, circa 1590-95. 154x112 mm; 6 1/4x4 1/2 inches, thread margins. A very good impression of this extremely scarce engraving.

This is one of a dozen or so prints of mythological and biblical subjects, of a similar size format, which scholars have traditionally grouped as what is known as Carracci's (1557-1602) Lascivie, even though there is no clear indication the artist ever intended these as a series. These subjects by Carracci evidently caused the wrath of Pope Clement VIII (1592-1605) who rebuked Carracci for his lack of decorum. Bartsch 135.