Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University

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Bust of a Bearded Man,

Alternative title(s): Doge Giovanni Cornaro

Chiaroscuro woodcut printed in light brown, medium brown, and dark brown inks from three blocks on laid paper

Second of three states

Print impression quality: Very good

Dimensions (Image): 287 x 214 mm (11.3 x 8.4 in.)

Signed in block, upper right: “Christoffel Ieghers: Sculp”

Accession number: 1992.19.1

Friends of the Davison Art Center funds, 1992

Bibliography: Hollstein 20 i/ii; Strauss 159 ii/iii; Dutuit 88; LeBlanc 17; Wurzbach 16; Reichel, plate no. 92; Mary L. Myers, “Rubens and the Woodcuts of...Jegher,” Metropolitan Museum Bulletin 25 (Summer 1966), p. 13; Michael Jaffe, Rubens and Italy (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1977), p. 27.

Work Type: print

Related Works: Myers states that Rubens’s painting was indebted to a painting by Titian of the same subject (p. 13), but no such painting could be traced (1/25/1994) in the Titian literature, such as Wethey's book on the portraits. Jaffe states (p. 27) that Rubens’s painting was after Jacopo Tintoretto’s portrait of Cornaro. It, however, does not bear close similarity in facial features and is less robust than Rubens’s portrait (reproduced by Jaffe, fig. 85). Rubens's source probably was based on Tintoretto's portrait, rather than a portrait (unlocated) by Titian.

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