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Six Italian men of letters. Engraving after G. Vasari, 1543.

  • Vasari, Giorgio, 1511-1574.
[between 1500 and 1599]
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Dante holds a volume of Virgil (lettered "Virgilius") and is seated. The others are standing. On a table in the foreground are a terrestrial and a celestial globe (the former showing the Mediterranean), compasses and a quadrant, books and a Roman-style inkwell


[Italy] : [publisher not identified], [between 1500 and 1599]

Physical description

1 print : engraving ; platemark 40.5 x 29.2 cm


1 Guido Cavalcantes. 2. Dantes. 3. Ioannes Boccatius. 4. Franciscus Petrarcha. 5. Angelus Politianus. 5. Marsilius Figinus.

References note

Deborah Parker, 'Vasari's portrait of six Tuscan poets: A visible literary history'. Lectura Dantis, Spring-Fall, 1998, 22-23: 45-62 (figures identified in the print as Politian and Ficino are identified by Parker as Cino da Pistoia and Guittone d'Arezzo)

Lettering note

Bears Latin verses below, addressed to or descriptive of each poet except Dante, whose verses are supposed to be spoken by him and are repeated in Italian


Wellcome Library no. 30597i

Reproduction note

After: a painting (in the reverse direction) in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, commissioned from Vasari in 1543


  • Latin
  • Italian

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