Italy, Rome "Guiochi Gladiatorrici nell' Anfiteatro"
Rome. - "Guiochi Gladiatorrici nell' Anfiteatro"
Mezzotinta and copper etching in warm sepia color.
There is no credit for artist, nor name of publisher. We have checked the internet up and down, also the publicized inventory of the British Library, usually a sure source of knowledge. But we could not find a single hint for this beautiful print. So we have to stay vague - unless a reader of this can help. Any hint is very welcome.
The print had been trimmed to its plate marks, then mounted on underlaying 18th century paper. The title (see above) was cut out and mounted in the center and below the print onto the support paper. Traces of age and use on print and support paper.
The scene takes place in the Colosseum in Rome. It refers to the Roman Imperial period, when the public enjoyed dubious "games", such as slave gladiators fighting for life in the Colosseum with thousands of cheering people. We are looking through the main gate of the arena, where several gladiator fights had just finished. Outside the next fighters are getting ready to enter the arena, whiles others care for a wounded gladiator.
Artistically well composed engraving, masterfully executed.
42 x 52 cm (ca. 16.5 x 20.5")