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After Giovannoli Aloisio

Italian Grotesque Mask Etchings

Late 18th Century

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Strong impressions of etchings of grotesque masks after original designs by the Italian artist and engraver Aloisio Giovannoli (1550–1618).

  • Sold as a set of 4.
  • Each set with nine plates.
  • The publisher claims that the masks were inspired by antiquity, but a more likely source of inspiration is the work of Giulio Romano (Pouncey & Gere, Italian Drawings in the British Museum, Raphael and his circle, London 1962, plates 94, 113) and others, including the French Renaissance artist René Boyvin (ca. 1525–1598).
  • Published by Venanzio Monaldini, Rome.
  • Published as Serie di Mascheroni Cavati dall'antico che per la prima volta escono in luce intagliati in rame opera utile a professori ed amatori delle belle arti.
  • Framed and glazed.

Plates are lettered either "Libro P[rimo]" or "Libro S[econdo]" and also numbered, inscribed "C.P." (cum priviligio), some have the artist's name, "Ali Gio." On some plates, this has been partially burnished out. There is no record of any previous issue of the plates, and Monaldini's claim on the title page (not present) that prints here are "per la prima volta escono in luce" makes it probable that these prints are published here for the first time.


Bénézit (2006) 6, 255; Thieme-Becker XIV, 150; Katalog der Ornamentstichsammlung, Berlin (1939), 553

Condition Report

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Like New

Not examined out of frame.

Wear consistent with age and use.


Height: 32.68 inches / 83 cm
Width: 27.28 inches / 69.3 cm


Paper, Wood, Glass



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