About This Artwork

Juste de Juste, school of
French, 1505-1559

Pyramid of Five Men, c. 1540

Etching on paper
275 x 208 mm (plate); 340 x 240 mm (sheet)

Restricted gifts of Mr. and Mrs. Gaylord Donnelley and Joseph Brooks Fair Fund, 1986.442

Zerner 4; Lieure B4

Juste de Juste was an assistant to Rosso Fiorentino at the Royal Palace of Fontainebleau, built by Francis I. As implausable as the composition may be, the tension and dynamism of the figures reveal Juste de Juste's understanding of anatomy. These prints explore the human body as an expressive medium; they exemplify the eccentric styles that grew up at Fontainebleau in the artistic search for ever more elegant, exaggerated forms.

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