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(Milano 1851 - 1885)
UOMO IN COSTUME DEL '500, before 1878

Etching, Mezzetti 20, before 1878. A fine impression, printed in black ink on wove paper, with good margins. Signed in the plate G. Banfi, numbered and signed with the monogram in pencil at bottom left N 14 GB. Paper lightly stained, otherwise in very good condition.
To the platemark 192 x 146 mm; the full sheet 334 x 264.
Another fine example of the print is at the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan. See Lamberto Vitali, Incisioni Lombarde del Secondo Ottocento all'Ambrosiana, Milan, 1970; no. 13, illustrated.

A pupil of Pagliano as a printmaker, Banfi won in 1876 the prize Girotti for etchers. He was a pupil at the Brera of the painters R. Casnedi and G. Bertini and won with his painting Erodiade, 1878, the Oggioni prize. In the 80s he painted genre and landscape works and paintings of interiors. He died at a young age.