E.57,8 Satyrs Framing a Blank Rectangle

E.57,8 Du Cerceau, Satyrs Framing a Blank Rectangle

Etching by Jacques Androuet Du Cerceau.

Fig.E.57,8 (New York)

Herbet, IV, 1900, 306 (1969, 156), VI (Petits Cartouches), 22.

COLLECTION: New York, 62.525, no. 23.


Geymüller, 1887, 171, Fig. 85.

Kusenberg, 1931, 70.

Zerner, in EdF, 1972, 267, under no. 313, as derived from Fantuzzi’s etching.

Zerner, 1972, 117, Fig. 176.

Béguin and Pressouyre, 1972, 140.

Boorsch, in French Renaissance, 1994, 241, n. 5, under no. 40, as a reversed copy of Fantuzzi’s etching [E.75], described wrongly in Herbet as in the same direction.


Derived, with variations, and in reverse, from Fantuzzi’s etching (Fig.E.75) that is related to the framing of the Enlightenment of Francis I in the Gallery of Francis I.  One child is missing from beneath the female satyr and the children below are shown in several active postures rather than simply standing and leaning on canes.  But Du Cerceau’s print resembles Fantuzzi’s etching in so many other respects that it is most likely that the former is derived from the latter rather than from a common lost model.

COPY: Moro.  Cartouche with satyrs framing a rectangular scene of a woman seated on a slope and other figures.  Etching and drypoint, 12.6 x 17.3 S (Vienna).  Bartsch, XVI, 1818, 89, 27, as Schiavone.  Herbet, II, 1896, 268 (1969, 64), under Fantuzzi no. 1, and IV, 1900, 306 (1969, 156), under Du Cerceau, V (Petits Cartouches), 22, as Schiavone.  COLLECTIONS: New York, 26.70.3 (211) (State I).  Vienna, Vol. It.III.2, p.9, bottom, State I (Fig.E.57,8, Moro).  LITERATURE: Kusenberg, 1931, 165, under F.H. 1.  Béguin and Pressouyre, 1972, 140.  Zerner, in EdF, 1972, 267, under no. 313, as copied from Du Cerceau.  Zerner, IB, 32, 1979, 138 (New York), as G.B. Pittoni?

Copied with variations from Du Cerceau’s print in the same direction, with the addition of a large head in profile above and with the inclusion of a figured scene in the center.  Moro’s print is copied with variations, including a change of the central picture, in G.B. Pittoni, Imprese di diversi Principi…, Venice, 1562, 8, etching.