Blog topic: New acquisitions

Woodcut portrait of Adrianus Petit Coclico (1499/1500-1562)

February 14, 2014
by Mimi Tashiro

A full-length woodcut portrait of the composer Coclico at age 52, printed in 1552, was recently purchased. It includes music notation at upper left, with the text “Desperando spero,” and identification of the composer, “Adrian Petit Coclico Mvsico. Etat: LII,” at upper right. This inscription is the only known source that states his birth year.

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