Vico (Vighi, or Vicus), Enea

Vico (Vighi, or Vicus), Enea an eminent Italian engraver and medallist, was born at Parma about 1520. He studied under Giulio Romano, and after wards went to Rome, where he entered the school of Marc Antonio Raimondi. He made such progress that he was invited to Florence by the grand-duke, Cosmo I, where he engraved several plates after Michael Angelo, and numerous portraits. From there he went to Venice and Ferrara. On returning to Parma in 1554, he engraved and published the medals of gold and silver of the twelve Caesars with explanations. In 1555 he published at Venice his Discorsi sopra le Medaglie, which was several times reprinted. He is considered to have been the first who wrote on numismatics. . His last work, Inagini delle Donne Auguste, was published at Venice in 1557. He died about 1570. Among his plates may be mentioned the Conversion of St. Paul, after F. Salviati; the Entombing of Christ, after Raphael; and the Annunciation, after Titian. See Spooner, Biog. Hist. of the Fine Arts, s.v.

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