May 02, 2019 - Sale 2507

Sale 2507 - Lot 42

Estimate: $ 15,000 - $ 20,000
The Conversion of Saint Paul.

Woodcut printed from 4 blocks on 4-joined sheets of cream laid paper, circa 1515-20. 785x1055 mm; 31x41 1/4 inches (overall), small to narrow margins. A very good impression of this monumental Renaissance woodcut.

Previously attributed to Nicolò Boldrini (circa 1500-after 1566) and Ugo da Carpi (circa 1480-1532), this woodcut was likely made by another artist in Titian's circle after a design by Titian himself or one of hsi close followers. The earliest known impressions of the woodcut bear the monogram "LA" lower left, possibly identifying the printmaker as Lucantonio degli Uberti (active first quarter of the 16th century), a Florentine, who worked in Venice during the first two decades of the 16th century. Lucantonio's oeuvre includes an edition in 9 blocks of Titian's Triumph of Christ, and a variety of other multi-block woodcut prints and maps too.

This is one of approximately only 10 known complete versions of this subject, with another 3 known fragments of the subject. Most impressions appear to have been printed in the early 17th century.

We have found only several other impressions at auction in the past 30 years. Muraro/Rosand 16.