The Battle of the Milvian Bridge

ca. 1550-70

After the left half of the fresco by Giulio Romano and Raphael’s workshop, after cartoons by Raphael, in the Sala di Constantino at the Vatican
Etching with engraving, ca. 1550-70, published by Giovanni Francesco Camocio.
Bartsch variously listed the print under G.B. d’Angolo del Moro, XVI “douteuse”, and either Paolo or Orazio Farinati, VI, 6, but while not being able to firmly assign a name to
this impressive print, he twice comments on the skill of the engraver. TIB 32, 311, 200
Watermark: Crossed Arrows surmounted by a Star (similar to Briquet 6291, Rome 1561-62 and Ferrara 1563)
Provenance: Johann Georg I Zobel von Giebelstadt (1543 - 1680), Bamberg, from an important album he
assembled ca. 1568-70
A very good impression, strongly printed except for some dryness at the far left, with a little wiped tone upper right. Detailed condition note available , generally in very good condition. 408 x 551 mm
The remarkable album of which this print formed a part consisted of at least 166 etchings and engravings, Venetian and Roman prints contemporary with the collector, distributed over at least 124 folios. Albums of this kind surviving to recent times are of the greatest rarity and after some of it had already been dispersed in 1999, including our sheet, over half of the album was acquired by the Rijksmuseum.
Marco Angolo del Moro, to whom this print is here attributed, was occupied chiefly as a painter. In the only ten etchings firmly attributed to him his technique resembles that of his father Battista. His delicate tonalities and open etching style reveal the influence of Venetian prints and paintings.