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Item Code: rom54

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Palatine Hill - 1575


Praecipua aliquot Romanae Antiquitatis Ruinarum Monimenta ...  - 1575

From a series of prints by Battista Pittony the Elder showing Roman ruins to illustrate the treatise by Vincenzo Scamozzi 'Discorsi sopra le antichità di Roma' (Venice, 1582) based on Hieronymus Cock's series first published in 1551 (see Hollstein 22-47). Most of Pittoni's prints do not exactly replicate Cock's prints but are very close and clearly based on his designs.
There are several drawings by Pittoni known made in preperation of these group of etchings.

Pittoni was aan Itlaian artist who worked closely to the work of Cock, not only in design but also inthe same period as Cock published series of the Roman monuments untill 1561.
He signed Batista.V.P.F.. bottom middle.

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SKU rom54
Picture Size 19,60 x 28 cm
Specification Print
technic Etching
Artist Giovanni Battista Pittoni
period 16th Century
School Italian
subject Landscape
rating *****


Hieronymus Cock (1510 - 1570)

hieronymus CockBorn in Antwerp about 1520, Cock was painter, printmaker and art dealer as well as a print publisher. Son of Jan Wellens de Cock, brother of Matthijs. 1545 in St Luke Guild in Antwerp. He visited Rome in the late 1540s, which provided the impetus to start up his own publishing firm in Antwerp in 1548, 'Aux Quatre Vents'. He made a few of the plates himself, but most were commissioned from designers and engravers, orchestrated by Cock. It was to become the most important print publishing firm from outside Italy before his death in 1570. The firm was continued by his widow (Volcxken Diercx) until her death in 1600 (the inventory of her estate survives with a list of her plates). Many of the plates were later taken over by Philips Galle, a family friend and her executor.

Together with his wife Volcxken Diericx he was one of the first in Northern Europe to establish a publishing company for prints. From 1548 onwards their Aux Quatre Vents (At the Sign of the Four Winds) print-publishing house issued hundreds of important etchings and engravings. Prints after frescoes and paintings by Raphael and Bronzino, the first series of classical ruins and antique sculpture, as well as designs by Northern artists such as Maarten van Heemskerck, Frans Floris and Hans Vredeman de Vries were disseminated in large numbers all over Europe, helping to spread Renaissance ideals of beauty. It was Cock who had an eye for the talent of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, who was to supply him with over sixty designs for prints. Cock also took the initiative to produce engravings of some of Hieronymus Bosch's monumental imaginative compositions.

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