Diana Scultori: An Engraver in Renaissance Rome

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Diana Scultori: An Engraver in Renaissance Rome

Published on March 22, 2024

Diana Scultori (1547–1612), also known as Diana Mantuana, was the first documented woman in Europe to have a professional career as a printmaker. Born in the Italian city of Mantua, Diana came from a family of artists with professional connections to the local court. Diana was eventually drawn to Rome, where ambitious printmakers went to make their fortunes. Like many printmakers in this period, she specialized in engraving renditions of paintings, drawings, and sculptures by other artists, which required the creativity and technical acumen needed to translate an image from one medium to another. Placing her work in dialogue with other printmakers in her orbit, this exhibition highlights Diana’s contributions to the dynamic world of printmaking in late-1500s Rome.

The exhibition runs from January 27 – July 7, 2024 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130.

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