Alexander the Great meeting Diogenes
Monogrammist L.C., late 17th century
Etching. Size of sheet: 23.1 x 17.5 cm.
Watermark: Fleur-de-lis within a circle (double line) surmounted by a C-shaped element; bottom part cut.
Literature: Nagler (Mono) IV, no. 996 (suggests the monogram refers to a non-existent ‘Ludovico Cavazza’).
Provenance: Unidentifiable collector’s mark (not in Lugt).
Fine impression of around 1700, with margins by an amateur printmaker. The plate is signed L.C.I.F. and Nagler already refers to an anonymous artist. In my opinion, the print might very likely be by the same hand as the print illustrated in T.I.B. (T.I.B.47.001 commentary), given to Giovanni Maria Morandi (1622 Florence - 1717 Rome). However, T.I.B. catalogue inclined just to attribute the print.
Morandi was an Itaian painter, mainly active in Rome and his natal city of Florence, but also Venice. He is said to have briefly trained in Florence with Sigismondo Coccapani and Giovanni Bilivert. Odoardo Vicinelli was among his pupils.