after Raphael; Bartsch 4 I (II); Massari 38 I (II). 304 x 384 mm.
Peter Lely (1618-1680), London (Lugt 2092); possibly his posthumous sale, Sonnius, Lankrink et Thompson, London, 11 April 1688 (and following days).
Very fine, early impression of the first state of two, trimmed on or just inside the platemark but retaining a fillet of blank paper outside the borderline, with a light trace of vertical fold, in very good condition. On paper with watermark Ladder in a Circle surmounted by a Star, similar to Briquet 5920, and Woodward 238 A (circle 43 x 44 mm, total height 71 mm, c. 1548).
Stefania Massari, Giulio Bonasone vol. I, Rome, 1983; no. 38.
W. L, Strauss, Suzanne Boorsch, John Spike, The Illustrated Bartsch 28 (Formerly Vol. 15, Part 1): Italian Masters of the Sixteenth Century, New York, 1985; no. 4, p. 113.
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.