Lot 65: NICOLÒ VICENTINO (after Maturino) Clelia Crossing the Tiber
November 3, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
NICOLÒ VICENTINO (after Maturino)
Clelia Crossing the Tiber.
Chiaroscuro woodcut printed in dark gray, light gray and blck on cream laid paper. 287x425 mm; 11 1/2x16 3/4 inches, narrow to thread margins. Ex-collection unidentified collector, ink stamp with a sword and star verso (not in Lugt). A superb, richly-inked impression of this extremely scarce color woodcut.
Accordign to legend, Clelia was a virgin in ancient Rome at the time when the city was being besieged by the Etruscan King Porsenna. She and other young women were surrendered to him as hostage during the peace negotiations. One night they escaped from the Etruscan army camp by crossing the Tiber on a horse, and returned to Rome. The story is one of those illustrating Roman virtues and acts of heroism. Bartsch 5.