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Giovanni Mario Verdizotti, The Lion and the Fox

The Lion and the Fox, 1570

Giovanni Mario Verdizotti (1525 - 1600)

RA Collection: Art

Giovanni Mario Verizzotti was a priest, humanist and scholar, as well as a painter, designer and engraver, associated with various illustrious persons of his time such as Torquato Tasso and Titian, the latter for whom he acted as secretary and close friend.

The Cento Favole Morali or 'One Hundred Moral Fables' was first published in 1570 by the Venetian publishers Giordano Ziletti. Ziletti is said to have asked Verdizotti to illustrate the fables with his own hand. Each fable is accompanied by one full-page woodcut illustration. Verdizotti based some of his illustrations on Gabriele Faerno’s Fabulae centum ex antiquis autoribus delectae, (Rome, 1563). Verdizotti’s Cento Favole was part of the renewed interest during the Renaissance in the fables of Aesop, and achieved great success during its time, printed in at least 12 editions from 1570-1699.

Object details

The Lion and the Fox
Drawn by
Engraved by
Published by
Giordano Ziletti (fl. 1549 - 1583)
Giovanni Mario Verdizotti, Cento Favole Morale..., Venetia, app. Giordano Ziletti, 1570, p. 191
Object type
Place of Publication
Woodcut engraving

190 mm x 145 mm

Royal Academy of Arts
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Cento Favole Morali De i piu illustri antichi, & moderni autori Greci, & Latini, Scielte, & trattate in varie maniere di versi volgari da M. Gio. Mario Verdizotti: Nelle quali oltra l'ornamento di varie e belle figure, si contengono molti precetti pertinenti alla prudenza della vita virtuosa & civile. Con privilegio. - In Venetia,: [1570]

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