Leonard Gaultier, French, ca. 1561-ca. 1635; after Michelangelo, Italian, 1475-1564
12 5/16 x 9 1/4
Michelangelo's fresco for the Sistine Chapel (1536-41) was widely copied. The small oval at the top of this print by Gaultier
contains a portrait of Michelangelo.
Catalogue raisonne: Le Blanc 18 (first state of two before Mariette's address)
Inscription: Recto, in plate, "leonardus gaultier fecit" at l.l.; Verso, Caironi's stamp (Lugt 426) at l.l.
Provenance: Hill-Stone Inc., New York; Agostino Caironi, Milan
As engraver to Henri III, Henri IV, and Louis XIII of France, Gaultier was instrumental in the evolution of the engraved portrait
as an independent print. He produced nearly 1,000 prints during his career, among them religious scenes, allegories, and numerous