Cassandra stopping Deiphobus from killing their brother Paris

circa 1544-45

From a set of six scenes from the Trojan War after Luca Penni. Bartsch 46; Zerner 43; Jenkins Pt II, p. 308, JM 43
Provenance: Fürst zu Fürstenberg (without mark, according to sale catalogue at Sotheby’s London, December 9, 1982, lot 589, as Sinon in the Camp of the Trojans); Dr. Eric Stanley (not in Lugt)
A fine, early impression, trimmed between platemark and borderline. A couple of printer’s creases and an inconspicuous central vertical crease, a little skinning in two places not affecting the recto, the tip of the lower right corner reinforced on the verso, otherwise in exceptionally good condition. 321 x 440-45mm.

An interesting feature of this impression is that two pages of Gothic type in brown ink have offset onto the verso, raising the question of whether book-printing was taking place in the same Fontainebleau workshop as the engraving was proofed in.
Two closely-related drawings by Penni are in the Louvre (inv. 1397 and 1398). This subject was until recently misidentified as The Treacherous Sinon brought into the Camp of the Trojans. Prints from the Trojan set are among Mignon's most important and attractive. Very rare in this quality and condition.