The Farnese Hercules, now in Naples at the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, as seen from the front and from the back. Signed and numbered on the bottom right and left corners: “FP B / 2”, “FP B / 4” FP monogrammed. B stands for “Bergognone”, as he was also known in Italy.
From ‘Segmenta Nobiliarum Signorum et Statuarum’, a series of 101 etched plates (frontispiece and 100 illustrations) representing statues from Rome, first published in Rome in 1638, and reprinted five times before the end of the seventeenth century.
On verso, on the bottom right corner collector’s mark: “P” in black (stencilled?).
Etching on laid paper; plate mark (1): 221 x 130 mm, total: 292 x 178 mm; nice light grey effect on the background, obtained with a light brushing of acid; despite some dirt and light foxing on the margins, in very good condition; plate mark (2): 217 x 123 mm, total: 294 x 182 mm; lighter paper in respect to the earlier etching, some stains slightly affecting the plate; interesting impressions. Le Blanc 38-137. Two plates together
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