The Last Supper

Cornelius de Cort

The Last Supper, Prints by Cornelius de Cort
Savvy Price $175.00
Gallery Price $250.00
The Last Supper
Cornelius de Cort
Engraving on laid paper
Catalogue raisonne
LeBlanc 67, Bierens de Haan 76ii
Paper size
21 7/8" height X 14" width
Date of creation
Fair to poor. Improper masking tape hinging on verso at upper left and upper right. Horizontal crease across center has been mended.
Mat size
26" height X 20" width
About The The Last Supper

After Livio Agresti

Condition report continued

Dark discoloration at lower center where something dark was spilled.  Diagonal creases at lower right and lower left corner.  Creases in image measure  5 ½” length at upper left corner.

About Cornelius de Cort

“Cornelius Cort was a North Netherlands engraver and draughtsman, active in Flanders and Italy.  His first documented works are a series of engravings issued by the Antwerp publisher Hieronymous Cock, beginning circa 1553.  Cort may have been an apprentice within Cock’s establishment, as none of these prints was inscribed with his name until after the plates had passed out of Cock’s hands.  A letter of 1567 to Titian from the Netherlands writer and painter Domenicus Lampsonius (1532-99) describes Cock as Cort’s master. 

 By 1560, Cort had developed a bold and strongly modeled sculptural style of engraving, influenced in part by the Italian Giorgio Ghisi, who worked for Cock between 1550 and 1555.  Cort was particularly successful in reproducing the Italianate figure compositions of Frans Floris, after whom he engraved more than 50 prints, notably the Liberal Arts (seven prints; 1565) and the Labours of Hercules (ten prints; 1565).  He also reproduced compositions by Maarten van Heemskerck, Andrea del Sarto, Rogier van der Weyden and others while working for Cock.” (Grove Dictionary of Art)

 Livio Agresti, named il Ricciutello, or Ritius, Italian painter, was born in Forli’ in circa 1508 and died in Rome in circa 1580.  He was working in Forli’ (Umbria) and, most of all, in Rome, where he left after himself paintings in oil and frescoes in the modes of Roman mannerism in places like Santo Spirito in Sassia.