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Old Master Print of the classical element of water, by Antonio Tempesta

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Stock number: 19459

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Antonio Tempesta (biography)


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First Published

Rome, 1592


13.5 x 19.5 cms




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Spectacular allegorie of the classical element water, by Antonio Tempesta, famous pupil of Joannes Stradanus.

The print is so rare that it is lacking in all collections.

Margins cut to the neatline as was common.

Antonio Tempesta (1555-1530)

Antonio Tempesta, also called il Tempestino (1555 – 5 August 1630), was an Italian painter and engraver, whose art acted as a point of connection between Baroque Rome and the culture of Antwerp.

He was born and trained in Florence and painted in a variety of styles, influenced to some degree by "Counter-Maniera" or Counter-Mannerism. He enrolled in the Florentine Accademia delle Arti del Disegno in 1576. He was a pupil of Santi di Tito, then of the Flemish painter Joannes Stradanus. He was part of the large team of artists working under Giorgio Vasari on the interior decoration of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.

He relocated to Rome, where he associated with artists from the Habsburg Netherlands, which may have led to his facility with landscape painting.