Having Given the Laws, He Choses Twelve Bodyguards and a Hundred Men Who Will, 1573

  • Giovanni Battista Fontana, Italian, 1524-1587

Etching and engraving printed in black ink on laid paper

  • Sheet: 5 3/8 × 7 inches (13.7 × 17.8 cm)

Gift of Mrs. James E. Scripps

09.1S495.7

In plate, lower right of image: Battista / Fontana

Stamp, in black, verso: Baron H. A. von Derschau (Lugt 2510) One stamp in black, two stamps in brown, verso: Kupferstichkabinett der Staatlichen Museen, Berlin (Lugt 1606, 2922 and variation of 234)

Inscribed, in plate, above image: LEGIBVS VRBI DATIS DVODECIM STIPATORES ELIGIT GENTVMQ Inscribed, below image: P(A)TRES CONSTITVIT QVI SENATORES POSTEA DICTI Inscribed, lower right margin: ii

Baron Hans Albrecht von Derschau (Nuremberg, Germany)

November 1890, Kupferstichkabinett der Staatlichen Museen (Berlin, Germany). Mrs. James E. Scripps (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

1909-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Giovanni Battista Fontana, Having Given the Laws, He Choses Twelve Bodyguards and a Hundred Men Who Will, 1573, etching and engraving printed in black ink on laid paper. Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of Mrs. James E. Scripps, 09.1S495.7.