TIZIANO VECELLIO, CALLED TITIAN (AFTER) Landscape with a Horseman and His Groom.
Etching, after 1560. 337x446 mm; 13 1/2x17 1/2 inches. Three crescents watermark. With thread margins or trimmed on the plate mark. A very good impression of this extremely scarce etching.
Formerly attributed to Titian himself (1485/90-1576), this image has subsequently been considered the work of the Venetian printmaker Battista Franco (circa 1510-1561), though more recent scholarship by Zoltán Kárpáti, Curator of Italian Drawing and Prints, Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, has disputed the attribution to Battista Franco and pointed to a still unknown Venetian printmaker, following a design by Titian (An Undescribed Version of "Landscape with a Horseman and his Groom" after Titian), Bulletin du Musée Hongrois des Beaux-Arts, 2013, pages 101-107). The current etching shows the subject illustrated in Bartsch (as Battista Franco) with the composition in reverse. See Bartsch 8.