Corinne au cap Misène c. 1821
* 1764 † 1827
Lithograph on chine collé. Size of sheet: 36.7 x 26.9 cm.
Literature I.F.F. 4.
Very fine dark impression. All details clearly printed on the full sheet. Published by Valant around 1821.
One of the foremost painters of the Napoleonic era and student of Jacques-Louis David. Bosio took up lithography in 1817 and produced a small number of prints, of which our image is one of the finest.
Corinne was one of Madame de Staël’s famous novels, published in 1807. A romantic novel idealizing the vision of Italy as an idyllic place, with Corinne (named after the ancient Greek poet Corina and based on the Italian writer Diodata Saluzzo) as the embodiment of the country. In this print Corinne is depicted, with Mount Vesuvius in the background, playing her lyre, on which she would improvise in the manner of the ancient Muses. Madame de Staël was herself depicted as Corinne several times by Baron François-Pascal-Simon Gérard (1770 – 1837), (one of these portraits is in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lyon).
This print is known to be rare.