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(ROME 1860 - 1932)
LA MASCHERA DELL ANARCHIA (The Masque of Anarchy), 1895

Etching, 1895, this impression printed in 1918 in reddish and brownish inks, with plate-tone. Signed in the plate G.A. SARTORIO in reverse, signed and dated in pen bottom right G.A. SARTORIO 1918.
Minimal faults, including a drop of golden powder at left, generally in very good condition, to the platemark 238 x 416 mm, the image 170 x 383, the full sheet measuring 203 x 419 mm.
This is the second and final state of the print. At the British Museum there are impressions of both states
Museum number 1982,U.4320
Museum number 2012,7001.21
It is known that this etching by Sartorio is inspired by Percy Bysshe Shelley's political poem of 1819, an important literary source for twentieth century pacifism. Therefore it is certainly no coincidence that Sartorio printed this dramatic version using red ink, at the end of the First World War.


Born into a family of Roman sculptors, Sartorio attended briefly the Accademia di San Luca and began to paint under Fortuny's influence. Later, as a student in Paris, he studied under Gerome. Sartorio also came into contact with the work of Gustave Moreau, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the other Pre-Raphaelities. In 1882 he painted one of his most important works, Malaria, which was partially influenced by the style of his friend Michetti. In 1883 he began to frequent the literary circles of Rome, he also developed a friendship with Gabriele D'Annunzio. In the course of his frequent trips to Paris, London and Weimar, Sartorio acquired a wide knowledge of contemporary European art; these influences encouraged his inclination toward a suggestive fin de siècle style. During the last decade of the century, Sartorio's contact with the Symbolists increased. In 1904 he was one of the founders of the Gruppo dei XXV della Campagna Romana. Sartorio taught at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome and fought in the First World War. He also worked as a director on a few films.