HIERONYMUS COCK
Antwerp 1518 – 1570 Antwerp

Second view of the Baths of Diocletian in Rome, 1550

Etching
Signed and dated, lower right: H Cock Fecit 1550
Title inscribed in the plate: Ex Ruinis Thermarum Antonini pii, Prospectus ‘2’ / ‘R’
From a series of 24 plates: PRAECIPVA ALIQVOT ROMANAE ANTIQVITATIS RVINARVM MONIMENTA VIVIS PROSPECTIBVS.
Watermark: partial and indistinctly visible
32.5 x 21.3 cm

LITERATURE
Hollstein 40; Riggs 19; Joris van Grieken, Ger Luijten, et al., Hieronymus Cock: the Renaissance in print, Mercatorfonds, Brussels 2013, cat. no. 9 (9.9), pp. 90-95.

DESCRIPTION
This represents an early example of the Renaissance interest in the ruins of classical antiquity. The print was part of a series executed and published by Cock himself in 1550, which contributed to a lasting interest in the subject of ancient ruins and can be recognized as a starting point of this subgenre. The etchings have been copied by many and inspired artists throughout the following centuries. Cock probably relied for the design of the series partly or in whole on the drawings of other artists. The left part of this print, wrongly titled Thermarum Antonini pii, corresponds with a drawing from the second sketchbook by Maerten van Heemskerck (Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett).

Early strong impression of this rare print, evenly printed with plate tone, horizontal scratches in the upper and lower area, old mounting, several folds barely visible, overall in very good condition.

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