[Allegory on the three ages of man]
Appo Teodoro Viero Venezia. [n.d., c.1786]
Etching and engraving with very large margins, 18th century watermark paper; platemark 265 x 370mm (10½ x 14½"). Fine.
Engraving resembling an early work by Titian (Edinburgh, National Gallery of Scotland) representing the three ages of man through the putti (infancy), man and woman in the opposite corner (adulthood), and an old man contemplating as skull (old age). However, the omission of the old man in this print and various other small differences suggest the print was made from a copy. This plate was first executed by Valentin Lefevre in the 17th century as part of a famous set of engravings, which were republished in 1749. By this time the plates were worn and required retouching, which in this case was carried out by German engraver J.G. Seuter (1717-1809). Seuter often signed himself in the Italianised 'Gottifredo Saiter', as here. Another edition, from which this plate comes, was published by Teodor Viero of Venice in 1786.
[Ref: 32557] £320.00