VICO, Enea
(b. 1523, Parma, d. 1567, Ferrara)

Conversion of St Paul

Engraving, 535 x 935 mm
British Museum, London

This large horizontal print, made from two copper plates and printed on two large sheets of paper, was made after Salviati. It was first published in 1545 and dedicated to Duke Cosimo de' Medici. Through this print Salviati attempted to spread his style to a wider public (and potential patrons), as well as to other artists. It features a host of figures charging in different directions away from the stricken and blinded saint in the lower centre.

This print constitute a major example of the use of printmaking to advertise an artist's talents and to codify particular ideas.