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Domenico Vitus

(active 1576–1586)

Virtually nothing is known about the life and work of Domenico Vitus. He was a monk at the Vallombrosa Benedictine Abbey in Tuscany which played a very active role in enforcing the major ecclesiastical reforms introduced by Pope Gregory XIII during the Counter-Reformation. Between 1576 and 1586 Vitus created a small printed oeuvre on largely religious themes. Nagler draws attention to the fact that Vitus was influenced in his work as an engraver by Agostino Veneziano and Giorgio Ghisi. He also produced a number of engravings for the Speculum of the Roman publisher Antonio Lafreri.