Personification of Fortitude and Justice
26 cm x 22.7 cm (10 1/4 in. x 8 15/16 in.)
(Venice, circa 1510 - circa 1561, Venice)
Medium and Support:
Etching and engraving
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Purchase through the generosity of Robert Loper, 2009
In 1560 Franco received the prestigious commission to decorate the Grimani family chapel in the church of San Francesco della Vigna. Before his death the following year, he had managed to complete only the frescoes in the chapel’s vault. This, Franco’s very last print, reproduces the composition of one of the roundels in the vault. The decoration was completed by Federico Zuccaro, whose study for the chapel’s altarpiece is on the right.