An Omen of Augustus' Future Greatness

Giulio Bonasone
active 1531 -1574
An Omen of Augustus' Future Greatness
202 x 267 mm

The print depicts an omen of Augustus' future greatness: having abandoned the cradle, he assumes the features of a young god on a chariot, which flies up to the left; below the bystanders are represented in amazement at the disappearance of the infant, and terrified by the divine vision.
A drawing by Giulio Romano linked to this engraving is preserved in the royal collections of Windsor Castle (RCIN 990308).

Another fine example of this print, showing similar scratches on the plate, is preserved at the British Museum in London (Museum number H,7.109).

Engraving, after Giulio Romano
202 x 267 mm
Extremely fine impression with rich wiping marks on the plate, in fine condition, printed on laid paper with watermark Three mountains surmounted by a four-leaf clover similar to Briquet 11915.

A painter, engraver and etcher from Bologna, Bonasone was active in Bologna and Rome. He made prints after Michelangelo, Raphael, Parmigianino, Polidoro da Caravaggio, Perino, Giulio Romano, and Titian. He also created prints from his own designs of mythological and devotional subjects. His plates were published by Salamanca, Barlacchi and Lafreri. Bonasone's important print series include the Amorosi diletti degli Dei, the Passio Domini Nostri Iesu Christi and the Amori, sdegni e gielosie di Giunone.

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