The Passion of Collecting Academic Nudes

Join me as we explore my collection of Academic Nudes from the 18th, 19th, and Early 20th Centuries and serendipitous finds in the Museum, Art Auction, and Gallery world......examples from the Golden Age of the European Academie

Monday, February 7, 2011

Giovanni Lorenzo Guidotti - Late 18th Century Copper Engraving - Two Male Nudes

I motored down to the post office this morning and picked up the Giovanni Lorenzo Guidotti copper print (mid to late 18th century). I was really surprised at the fine condition of the impression and the paper. Of course the paper had been part of a book for over two centuries and was not exposed to much handling or abuse so it should be in excellent condition. I scanned the central part of the image (directly below). It is a large plate and would not completely fit in the scanner bed. You can see the sewing holes on the left margin where it had been sewn into the volume as a book plate. A very nice find for a very reasonable low price.

Caption: Book Plate, Two Male Nudes in Classic Pose
Artist: Engraver, Giovanni Lorenzo Guidotti, Mid to late 18th Century
Medium: Copper Engraving on laid paper
Dated: 1758-1776

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