Allegory of Death

1588
Andrea Andreani (Italian, 1558/59–1629), After Giovanni Fortuna (Italian, 1535–1611)


Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch XII.135.13, i/ii; Meyer 27, i/ii (see Note)

Dimensions

Sheet: 50.4 x 34 cm (19 13/16 x 13 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

1986.111

Medium or Technique

Chiaroscuro woodcut printed from four blocks, in tan and three shades of gray-green

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Bartsch and Meyer describe two states of this print, the second containing a roundel in the upper right corner with the figure of death and the letters “Mus”, which can be cut out and put into the center of the wheel in the lower half of the print, where it can be rotated to complete several inscriptions in the wheel. Bartsch’s and Meyer’s first state is before this roundel. It appears from the impressions in the MFA, however (this one and 1975.469), that the roundel was included in the first state, and that it was removed, replaced with a plug, and printed on a separate sheet of paper in the second state. Evidence of the plug appears in both the MFA impressions.

Markings

Verso, lower left, stamped in brown ink, the mark of the MFA W.G. Russell Allen Bequest (Lugt 3593)

Provenance

Fontaine, 1884 (note on mat; no mark). W. G. Russell Allen (b. 1882 - d. 1955), Boston; 1986, bequest of W. G. Russell Allen to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 26, 1986)

Credit Line

Bequest of W. G. Russell Allen