(c.1510-after 1576):

Cloelia crossing the Tiber, after Polodoro da Caravaggio

Engraving, c. mid-1540’s. Bartsch 85; The Illustrated Bartsch v. 28 Commentary, .083, second state of two with Lafreri’s address
Watermark: Ladder in circle

A very fine impression printing through to the verso in the manner of early impressions, with wide margins. The paper crushed at the platemark in a couple of places, otherwise in very good condition. 300 x 435mm.

It has been proposed (Oberhuber) that this composition relates to a lost design by Polidoro for the façade of the Palazzo Nobili in Rome. Massari has instead suggested it was for a fresco described by Vasari as being on the façade of Chiavica di Sta Lucia.