ANTIQUE GEMS AND RINGS.
head, but in cameo, on a calcedony-agate, somewhat larger than thefamous intaglio, set in a silver frame with chain, which was offered forsale to Gori, but at too exorbitant a price (' Hist. Glypt.'). ' There canbe little -doubt that this was the very cameo in the (late) UzielliCollection, most of the camei it contained having been only recentlyobtained in different Italian cities. It was a head covered with a cowl;in flat
upon an agate-onyx, in white on a transparent ground.The work had every appearance of belonging to his times. The newlyestablished art was naturally employed in multiplying portraits of themonkish demagogue, who for four years (1494 to 1498) domineered overFlorence. In the (late) Mertens Schaaffhausen Collection, B. 180, wasa carnelian, " Bust of a monk, on the right the letter I, on the left S,Gothic form; fine work of the time of the Medici." . Supposed by themaker of the catalogue to be a head of Savonarola; but more probablythat of some German clerical celebrity, for the
Gothic letterhad gone out of use at Florence long before Savonarola's age; and whatis more, the I cannot stand for the' initial of
but of someJohannes or Josephus.
flourishing about thesame time at Milan, was made famous by engraving the head of the lastduke, Lodovico il Moro, in intaglio ("
on a balais ruby, thesize of a giulio, (our shilling); " which," remarks Yasari, " was anextraordinary thing, and one of the best intagli ever seen from amodern artist." The circumstance that Domenico obtained his appellation from his special excellence in works in
adds to the probability that the ruby in her Majesty's collection, with the head of Louis XII., the conqueror of Milan,
comes from his hand.In the French collection are also two camei which Chabouillet ascribesto this engraver; viz., No. 322, a bust in profile in the costume of Louis XII.'s age, which formerly passed for that of Lodovico il Moro
but now, on the authority of other portraits, is supposed torepresent Louis, Marquis de Saluces; and No. 323, which formerly was
* Or even its Italian form, that being