Borgia from the "Crimes by Cuevas" portfolio by Jose Luis Cuevas

Borgia from the Crimes by Cuevas portfolio by Jose Luis Cuevas

Borgia from the "Crimes by Cuevas" portfolio

Jose Luis Cuevas

Title

Borgia from the "Crimes by Cuevas" portfolio

 
Artist
Year
1968  
Technique
color lithograph 
Image Size
21 7/8 x 29 7/8" image and sheet size 
Signature
pencil, lower right, within image; in stone, lower left 
Edition Size
Artist's Proof, outside the publised edition of 100. 
Annotations
titled and dated lower right within image on the stone, pencil dated "68" 
Reference
Fuentes 67, illustrated in color 
Paper
heavy white wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
16633 
Price
$1,500.00 
Description

"Borgia" from the 'Crimes by Cuevas' portfolio is a color lithograph by the great Mexican printmaker Jose Luis Cuevas (born 1934). It was printed by Atelier Mourlot in New York in 1968. The reference for this print is Fuentes 67, illustrated in color.

This image is from Cuevas' 1968 portfolio of 11 images "Crimes by Cuevas," which addresses criminality throughout history. This lithograph depicts Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia, the "first family of crime."

The extraordinarily beautiful Lucrezia Borgia was born in 1480, the illegitimate daughter of Pope Alexander VI. Her brother Cesare, with whom she supposedly had an incestuous relationship, and she plotted and seduced their ways to great power in 16th century. There were rumors of poisoning and murder and much incest amongst her family. Lucrezia Borgia died at age 39 giving birth to her 8th child.

Cesare Borgia, born in 1475 became a Cardinal at age 18 and reportedly had his brother Giovanni, commander of the papal armies murdered. He later became the first person to resign his cardinance in 1498 to become a military man. He was killed in 1507 fighting in Viana, Spain. He had fathered at least 11 illegitimate children. He was immortalized in Machiavelli's "The Prince."