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I Modi : Woodblock Edition

Several reproductions of I Modi have been made over the years. Around 1550 a counterfeit copy of the images and sonnets was made. Though very similar to the surviving fragments of the original, this copy was rather crude, contained many literary errors, and made using woodblock printing instead of engravings. This copy's similarity to the surviving fragments leads us to believe that the copyist must have worked from an original copy of I Modi so in 1550 there was at least one full copy of the original I Modi still in existence.

The 1550 woodblock edition of I Modi was discovered in the early 20th Century though the only copy known to exist is missing a couple of its original pages; the cover page, and the page with postures 5 & 6.

An interesting aspect of the woodblock copy is that the scenes are mirror images of the original copy, although the text is obviously not. This shows the copyist carved the woodblock in a way so that the woodblock had an accurate copy of the original on the woodblock, though he transcribed the text onto the woodblock in mirror script so that when it was printed the image was reversed and the text was the right way around. This is further evidence that he had the original to work from.


I Modi : Woodblock Edition Gallery



Posture 13 - I Modi Woodblock

Woodblock print of "Posture 13" from the 1550 version of I Modi Printer unknown. Sonnet by Aretino.
Posture 15 - I Modi Woodblock

Woodblock print of "Posture 15" from the 1550 version of I Modi Printer unknown. Sonnet by Aretino.
Posture 10 - I Modi Woodblock

Woodblock print of "Posture 10" from the 1550 version of I Modi Printer unknown. Sonnet by Aretino.
Posture 07 - I Modi Woodblock

Woodblock print of "Posture 7" from the 1550 version of I Modi Printer unknown. Sonnet by Aretino.
Posture 16 - I Modi Woodblock

Woodblock print of "Posture 16" from the 1550 version of I Modi Printer unknown. Sonnet by Aretino.
Posture 08 - I Modi Woodblock

Woodblock print of "Posture 8" from the 1550 version of I Modi Printer unknown. Sonnet by Aretino.
Posture 11 - I Modi Woodblock

Woodblock print of "Posture 11" from the 1550 version of I Modi Printer unknown. Sonnet by Aretino.
Posture 01 - I Modi Woodblock

Woodblock print of "Posture 1" from the 1550 version of I Modi Printer unknown. Sonnet by Aretino.
Posture 12 - I Modi Woodblock

Woodblock print of "Posture 12" from the 1550 version of I Modi Printer unknown. Sonnet by Aretino.
Posture 03 - I Modi Woodblock

Woodblock print of "Posture 3" from the 1550 version of I Modi Printer unknown. Sonnet by Aretino.
Posture 02 - I Modi Woodblock

Woodblock print of "Posture 2" from the 1550 version of I Modi Printer unknown. Sonnet by Aretino.
Posture 09 - I Modi Woodblock

Woodblock print of "Posture 9" from the 1550 version of I Modi Printer unknown. Sonnet by Aretino.
Posture 04 - I Modi Woodblock

Woodblock print of "Posture 4" from the 1550 version of I Modi Printer unknown. Sonnet by Aretino. Two of the original I Modi fragments appear in...
Posture 14 - I Modi Woodblock

Woodblock print of "Posture 14" from the 1550 version of I Modi Printer unknown. Sonnet by Aretino.
Fragments from the Original 1524 I Modi (Engravings)

These nine fragments are currently in the British Museum, and are all that's left of the original I Modi. From left to right: 1. Posture 7 2. Posture...