Carlo Lasinio, Portrait of Masaccio - Original 1791 engraving print

An original 1791 engraving print, Carlo Lasinio Portrait of Masaccio.

This is a fine and rare colour line engraving depicting the artist Diego Velázquez (1594-1660). It derives from a first edition book of prints titled "Ritratti Originali de Pittori Esistenti Nella Reale Galleria de Firenze", published in Florence by Niccolo Pagni and Guideppe Bardi, 1791-96, in an edition of only 100 copies. The book itself is extremely rare – only one (incomplete) copy survives in the collection of the National Gallery, Washington DC.

Carlo Lasinio (1759-1838) was one the earliest Italian colour printers; the book was one of the first Italian books to be printed in the Dagoty-Le Bon technique.

Masaccio was born born Tommaso di Ser Giovanni di Mone. Vasari described Masaccio as the best painter of his generation due to his skill at rendering lifelike figures and movement. He was the first to use linear perspective and the vanishing point in painting.

The print is presented in newer black and gilt-coloured frame, with black window mount. 

In good condition.
28.5cm x 17.5cm.
Frame: 48 x 37cm.

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Product code: JB-955

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