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Sale 2507 Lot 1
CRISTOFANO DI MICHELE MARTINI, IL ROBETTA
The Adoration of the Magi.
Engraving, circa 1496-1500. 303x280 mm; 12x11 1/8 inches, narrow to thread margins. Fleur-de-lys in a circle watermark.
According to Levenson, this print is based on Filippino Lippi's painting of the same subject which dates from 1496 and is now in the Uffizi, Florence. Robetta also adopted passages from other contemporaneous prints. The hat above his signature, for instance, is copied from Schongauer's Adoration of the Magi (Lehrs 6), as are the heads of the ox and ass to the viewer's right of the Virgin and Child. Meanwhile, the landscape derives from prints by Dürer and the sky is based on his Virgin and Child with the Monkey (Bartsch 42, see lot 14) and The Sea Monster (Bartsch 71, see lot 17). The original copper plate for The Adoration of the Magi is now in the British Museum and many extant impressions were printed during the 19th century; earlier printings such as the current work are extremely scarce. Hind 10; Levenson, et als., Early Italian Engravings from the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1973, p. 296, no. 118.
Estimate $4,000 - 6,000