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Recto: Zeuxis painting Helen; Verso: Ecce Homo

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Recto:Zeuxis sits in the center of a room, painting. At left is a platform with a girl posing. It is surrounded by two seated girls and a standing one. The latter combs her hair. The fifth girl watches Zeuxis at work. An old man apparently grinds colors at a table in the right foreground. . Below framing line, near the lower edge part of the upper framing line of another design. Verso: the available space is nearly filled with the figures of Christ, Pilate, two soldiers and a crowd. A man and part of the temple in the background, left. At the right edge, part of the framing line of another design.

Recto: Joseph interpreting the dreams of Pharoah, preliminary design for plate 2, "Spiritus Intellectus" (The Spirit of Intellect) in the "Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit" series; Verso: inscription concerning print series of the "Life of John the Baptist" and "The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit"

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
The Spirit of the Intellect: Pharoah seated on a covered dais, left, surrounded by his court. Joseph, a young man, stands before him. Inscription below. Verso: inscription

The introduction of the silkworm at the court of emperor Justinian, design for "Ser, sive sericus vermis," plate 8 in the Nova Reperta (New Inventions of Modern Times) print series

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Justinian seated under a canopy, at left with his advisers. A monk, kneeling at the king's right, points out to him the process of silkworm culture, which is visible through the window behind.

Design for an Escutcheon

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Vertical rectangle. a) The scrollwork frame of an ovoid, with standing figures beside the upper part, a classical warrior at left, a woman at right, both with sticks. Half figures of harpies are beside the lower part. In the centre below is a bowl with an animal's skull in the center. Recto: Above is b) two trees are in the center of the foreground. Houses and mountains are in the middle ground at left and at right. Separated by the framing line is c). Shown is one unity of the decoration. At left is a half escutcheon. Beside it is a half figure of a winged woman. Drapery festoons are supported by the hands of the woman and by parts of the rinceau.

Recto: A horseman killing a stag, preliminary design for The Deer Hunt of Emperor Frederick Barbarosa and Ubaldo Ubaldini; Verso: Two galleys at sea, design for "Orbis Longitudines" (Discovery of the Establishment of the Longitudes), pl. 16 from the Nova Reperta series

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Horizontal rectangle. Verso: A man holds the horns of a stag, into whom a horseman thrusts his sword. Part of the pose of the walking man shows a correction. Recto: the galleys are shown obliquely from the stern. A contrary wind is blowing the sails. Written in the upper left corner, vertically: "il (?) paruga/guardaroba dal/Cardinale di Medici."

Page of a sketchbook; Flight into Egypt; Crucifixion

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Recto: The Virgin riding on a donkey and another donkey beside her. A large head of Joseph in front of the donkeys, suggesting that he is leading them on foot. Verso: Crucifixion

Recto: Battle between Pygmies and Cranes; Verso: inscription relating to Pliny the Elder's Natural History, Book 7, ch. 2

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
The Pygmies are riding goats and sheep and battle with lances and bows. They attack from the right. the birds come from the left. In the right back Pygmies mounted and on foot flee. Verso: inscription referring to Pliny the Elder's account in the Natural History, book 8 chaper 26

Recto: Emperor Commodus Killing a Leopard; Verso: Sketch by Luigi Alamanni, and inscription in his hand relating to Herodianus' Historiae, I, 15, 6-7

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Horizontal rectangle. A tiger, broken out of his cage, where another one still lies, charges a man. Two others flee. The setting is an arena with crowded ranks. An arrow, shot my a man from the Imperial box, is moving toward the beast. Recto, vertically, top: a rough outlining sketch for the representation. Beneath the shooting man is written: "commodo / imperatore"; beneath a line: "Storico greco racconta che mentre uno (spi)ava nel teatro una gabbia dove era una [tigre] ella scappò e si gli lanciò a dosso e lo sarebbe (?) subito morto se non che Commodo Imperatore fu tanto presto e practico con l'arco, e con la / freccia (di quali molto si dilettava) che ferì, et am/mazzo il tigre minanzi che curessi (? nocessi?) all'huomo"

Recto: Christ healing paralytics near the pool of Bethesda; Verso, above: Mercury, patron of travellers; Verso, below: studies of a man near an open door

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Vertical rectangle. Verso: At right, a circular, arcaded area, in which a number of people are seated. Others are seen in the narrow aisle surrounding the area, sitting and lying about. Christ stands in the foreground, approaching one of the recumbent figures. Recto, top: Horizontal rectangle. A statue, center, with groups of people moving toward it, left and right. Bottom: Vertical rectangle. Open doorway with two figures.

Page of a drawing book; Two designs for a coat of arms of Ferdinand I of Toscana

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Two designs for a coat of arms of the Grand Duke Ferdinand I of Toscana (1587-1608). Vertical rectangle. Verso: A globe showing Italy in its center serves as a shield. It is framed by a scrollwork escutcheon and at left by the standing figure of an allegorical woman, at right by a boy with a club standing over a lion. Both support the crown through which pass the cords hanging from a cardinal's hat. It is placed at the top of the ovoidal mould, framing the escutcheon. Recto: a sketch, a variation of the design. An ovoid containing a map serves as a shield. A woman, seated, carrying what is supposed to be a trumpet. A scroll with an inscription is suggested below the shield.

Page of a drawing book; Study for painting of St. Magdalen; A stallion

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Vertical rectangle. Verso: A: Shown slightly oblique, trotting toward right with the head turned toward the right shoulder. Recto: B: Horizontally: Recumbent and praying before a crucifix in the open.

Recto: Diana, or "Venatio" (Allegory of the Hunt), preliminary design for pl. 4 in the Schema, seu Speculum Principum (Skills of a Prince) series; Verso: Diving for Pearls in the Persian Gulf

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Female figure seated under a tree holding a falcon on her right wrist surrounded by hunting horns, dogs, and bows and arrows, recto. View of semicircular, mountainous coastline with tents pitched at the water's edge. Two parallel rows of boats float in the water and figures raise or lower themselves from lines attached to the bow. In the foreground figures step off the boats onto the shore carrying small bags; some bags are visible laid on the shore and are gathered together by figures crouching on the shore or under the tents, verso.

Half Page of a sketchbook; Virgin and Child and a third figure

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Virgin seated under a tree holding the Infant Jesus on her lap. Behind her another figure, maybe Joseph. Recto: the other half of the banquet scene on reverse of 1947-58-5.

Sketchbook Page with Antelope Hunt

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Horizontal rectangle. Verso: Hunters, left, behind the bushes, fire at a group of antelopes. Another hunter on horseback observes the scene, right. Recto: two scenes: top - Ceremony before an altar; angel, right; below - Holy Family with S. Elizabeth, young St. John the Baptist.

Recto, above: Crane hunt using cones; Below, left: Jacob, half figure; lion with a blindfold over his head; map of a fortifications; Below right: Fox Hunt. Verso, above left: Starling Hunt; below left: Lion hunt with torches and nets; right: half figures of St. Joseph, Abraham and Isaac, and an unknown figure; inscription.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Recto, top: Fowlers trapping cranes by means of bait placed in paper cones which are set into the ground. Fowlers are at left, behind a tree. Below, left: bust-length figure, inscribed above "Jacob"; right, hunters and dogs trapping a small animal in a tree. Recto: horizontally: upper left - Fowlers using birds as bait to trap other birds. Fowlers at left behind trees; lower left: Hunters driving lions into nets, rising flaming torches, right - three bust-length figures from Old Testament.

Recto: Samson, having defeated the Philistines, drinks water from the jawbone of an ass, preliminary design for "Spiritus Fortitudines" (The Spirit of Strength), plate 4 in "The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit" print series. Verso: obscured inscription

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Horizontal rectangle. Female figure walking among the dead soldiers in a battle field. Upper right corner inscribed: FORTITUDINIS

Recto, above: Preliminary Design for Title Page to Vermis Sericus("The Introduction of the Silkworm") print series; Recto, below: Preliminary Design for pl. 3 (The Incubation of Silkworm Eggs); Verso, above: Incomplete Preliminary Design for Title Page to Vermis Sericus; Verso, below: Hunting Quail and Rabbits using Nets, Preliminary Design for the Venationes Print Series

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Recto, above: Title page design with "VERMIS SERICUS" inscribed on a cloth hanging at center from a mulberry tree. At four corners, in oval medallions, representations of different phases of the metamorphosis of the silkworm. All enclosed within an ornamental frame. Recto, below: Women preform the incubation of silkworm eggs in an interior. At left and center, they spread the eggs on to pieces of cloth that will be wraped and placed into baskets, visible on the tables. Verso, above: incomplete design related to Vermis Sericus design on recto, left blank at right. Verso, below: men on horseback, accompanied by dogs, stretch nets between them to capture quail.

Four scenes from the life of St. John the Baptist, preliminary designs for a print series (recto and verso)

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Recto, above: Birth and naming of John the Baptist; Recto, below: John the Baptist preaching in the wilderness; Verso, above: Baptism of Christ; Verso, below: Visitation;

Sketchbook Page with Rabbit Hunt

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Horizontal rectangle. Verso: Hunters, right, firing at rabbits. In the background, rabbits run toward net, pursued by hunters on horseback. Inscription, upper right. Recto: Rabbit hunt. Hunters and dogs in foreground. Rabbits run toward net in background, left. Six lines of inscription, upper right.

Recto, above, Standing Indian figure,Oyster Shells. Recto, below: Elephants Helping Each Other Out of a Trap, from Pliny's Natural History, Book 8, ch. 8; Verso, above: Using Fire to kill Watersnakes in India; Verso, below: Snake and annotations

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Vertical rectangle. Top: Figure in armor and oyster shells; six lines of handwriting, inscription. Bottom: Elephant carrying logs. Reverse, top: Burning of snakes. Bottom: Account notations.

Recto: Zeuxis painting Helen; Verso: Studies of figures for an illustraiton of the eighth circle, tenth bolgia of Dante's Inferno (Falsifiers: Maestro Adamo, Sinon of Troy, Potiphar's Wife)

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Recto: Zeuxis is seated at left, facing right in profile. On his easel is a full-length figure of a nude woman (Helen of Troy) which he paints with his left hand. His model stands at right. Other models are seated and standing about the room. One model combs her hair, a servant holding a mirror, right. Verso: Studies of five nude figures

Recto, above: Collecting Bitumen, from Pliny's Natural History, Book 35, ch 51; Recto, below: Catching Night Moths. Verso, above: Buffalo Hunt; Verso, below: Fishing for Coral in Sicily, from Pliny the Elder's Natural History

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Recto: upper section: Group of men in two small open boats, in foreground. A galleon in background, left. Inscription below. Lower section: In an open area, a furnace with steam rising from a funnel above it. Figures in foreground. Verso: upper section: Hunting scene. Men on horseback attacking bulls. Lower section: Men in small boats approaching rocky shore. Figures at lower right.

Recto: Judith with head of Holofernes; Verso: Preliminary Design for Title Plate of the Seven Planets print series

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Vertical rectangle. A) The servant is shown in profile standing and turned toward right. Judith is shown slightly oblique from the left back, kneeling with the right leg upon the bed. The head is turned toward her left shoulder. The motifs have been partially drawn over earlier onees, probably showing the woman leaving the tent. Some strokes at the right margin belong to -2639a. Recto: B: An ovoid is in front of a somewhat smaller oblong. A spherical octagon is in its center over which Jupiter is shown with the eagle, "Jiove." Beside are, at right, "saturno" and "marte," at left "apollo" and "venere." Below, at left "mercurio," at right Diana, "luna." Scribbling in the upper left corner. At right is the right margin of -2639b.

The Judgment of Solomon, preliminary design for "Spiritus Sapientiae" (The Spirit of Wisdom), plate 1 in the "Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit" print series

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Solomon is seated at right, surrounded by his court. One of the women kneels before him; the other stands at left. Between them a soldier holds the infant, his left hand holding an upraised sword.
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