Men Killing a Snake
From the series Varia Marci Ricci Pictoris prestantissimi experimenta ab ipsomet auctore inventa delineate atque incise (Venice: Carlo Orsolini, 1730)
Marco Ricci, Italian (active Venice, Veneto, Rome, and England) 1676 - 1730. Dedicated to Paolo Abbatti Contareno.
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Carlo Orsolini, who published Marco Ricci's etchings as a series after the artist's death, issued special editions on blue paper with highlights added in lead white paint. The narrow, separate plate below each image contains a dedication to various illustrious Venetians.