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Title:: The Roman People Offering a Sacrifice to Minerva, Who Appears with the Arms of Cardinal Ludovisi Year::
Artist: Coriolano, Giovanni Battista After:  
Medium: engraving Provenance:
Period: Italian 17th Century School/Style: Renaissance
Catalogs: Bartsch XIX-45-25;
Price: $500.00
Description: Fine impression on an early laid paper with the watermark of an anchor with two stars in a circle (not in Briquet), with good margins; flattened fold marks. The combination of a pagan scene with the coat of arms of a Catholic cardinal (on the shield of the goddess, no less) is odd, but this admixture of pagan and Christian, of sacred and historical/mythological was characteristic of the Renaissance and lasted well beyond it.

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