- Catalogue Number
- Title and Date
- Colleoni 2007
- Description of Featured Image
- A depiction of Andrea del Verrocchio’s bronze statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni, viewed from the front right and from below. The actual orientation of the statue is reversed in the print. Behind the statue, at the right, is the cupola of a church, crowned with an elaborate cross.
- Series/Book Title
- Venice Series
- Series/Illustration Number
- no. 2
- Where Made
- Medium Category and Technique
- Intaglio Print: Etching and drypoint on copper
- Wove paper. Identified papers: Fabriano Artistico paper with partial watermark: ‘[FAB]RIANO’; Velin Arches paper with watermark: ‘ARCHES / FRANCE’ with infinity symbol.
Image size: 178 x 130 mm
Matrix size: 180 x 131 mm
- Artist’s Record Number
- Printer(s) and Workshop(s)
- States I through III printed by Martin King at the Venice Printmaking Studio, Venice. State IV printed by Martin King at the Venice Printmaking Studio (IV.a) and by Rick Amor in his Alphington studio (IV.b). Edition printed by Rosalind Atkins at the Australian Print Workshop, Fitzroy (Melbourne) (all impressions except artist’s proof) and by Martin King at the APW (artist’s proof).
- Summary Edition Information
- Four states. Edition of ten numbered impressions, 2007.
- State Library of Victoria, Melbourne: five state impressions, numbered 1-1 through 1-5; ed. 4/10.
- Venice Series: Click for a full account of the Venice Series (cat. nos E.138–E.150).
This is the first of two prints in the Venice Series that depict Andrea del Verrocchio’s statue of the condottiere Bartolomeo Colleoni (1400–1475), made c.1483–88 (but cast later). It stands opposite the Scuola Grande di San Marco, on the Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo. E.139 was drawn directly onto the plate, in front of the monument, and drypoint was applied later, first in Venice and then, more comprehensively, in Melbourne. The viewpoint in the etching is from below and to the right of the statue; the statue’s orientation was reversed in printing. The view also shows the dome of the Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, with its ornamental cross finial.
Amor was captivated by the monument’s power and masculine energy, and translated its vigour into the sketchy line of the etching, together with lively drypoint. He also painted a watercolour, dated 21 June 2007, of the subject, in right profile, standing on its tall pedestal. For Amor’s second etching of Colleoni, see cat. no. E.144.
- Andrea del Verrocchio, Bartolomeo Colleoni, Statue, Venice
Record last updated 16/02/2021