Rare prints conserved

Funding from the Miegunyah bequest has enabled conservation treatments of several rare prints from the Baillieu Library's Print Collection. The group of works selected for conservation are those frequently requested for Renaissance and Baroque classes taught at the University.

The powerful engraving The Dragon Devouring the Companions of Cadmus (c.1588), which has frequently been out on loan received treatment, as did a second copy of this engraving which had previously been kept in storage due to its condition.

The Library’s collection of engravings after Andrea Mantegna was also conserved. Mantegna, one of the earliest Italian practitioners of the technique, only made a handful of impressions himself and oversaw the production of a group of further works. This important conservation work will help ensure the longevity of these rare prints and opens the door to their continued research, exhibition and enjoyment.

Image: Andrea Mantegna, The Risen Christ with St. Andrew and St. Longinus, c.1470-1500. Baillieu Library Print Collection, University of Melbourne. Gift of Dr J. Orde Poynton 1959