FINE ART INVESTMENTS SINCE 1978
Title: "(Triumph of) Galatea"
Portfolio: 'Schola Italica Picturae', 1773
Medium: Original copper plate Etching and Engraving
Sheet size: 17.25" X 25"
Image size: 10.25" x 18.5"
Domenico Cunego (1727-1803) was an Italian printmaker. Cunego was born at Verona. Having studied under the otherwise-unknown painter
Francesco Ferrari, he began his artistic career as a painter, producing several works, all of which are now lost or untraceable. At age 18,
however, he switched to engraving. He died in Rome. The engravings he made depicting Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling, published in
Gavin Hamilton's Schola Italica Picturae (1773), were an important source for the artists of his time. He is notable not only for reproducing
paintings by his famous fellow-countrymen like Guido Reni and Italian contemporaries such as Antonio Balestra, Francesco Solimena, and
Felice Boscaratti, but also works by British artists in Italy catering to Grand Tourists. The latter included Gavin Hamilton's cycle of 6 works on
the Iliad and David Allan's Origin of Portraiture. His sons Luigi (b. 1750) and Giuseppe (b. 1760) were also engravers.