MARCANTONIO BELLAVIA

born Sicily, documented in Rome 1668–70

Two River Gods


etching on laid paper; 122 x 166 mm (4 13/16 x 6 9/16 inches)

Bartsch, vol. 20, p. 20, no. 48 first state (of two).

A superb impression with 7 mm margins all round; with a few retouchings in pen and ink.Marcantonio Bellavia was a painter and etcher from Sicily who is documented as having been in Rome between 1668 and 1670. He made a number of etchings (Bartsch lists fifty-two prints), all after his own designs. The often strangely contorted figures in his compositions echo the formal vocabulary of Mannerism although they were executed considerably later. It is not surprising, however, that later publishers of his plates added the names of the Carracci to many of them.His prints are rare and hardly ever appear on the market.