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An Allegory of Statuary or Lament of Sculpture

A work made of etching in black on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of etching in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1629

Artist:

Pierre Biard, II
French, 1592-1661

About this artwork

Pierre Biard the Younger, who had became enamored with Italian art after a visit to Rome, was appointed the court sculptor of Henri IV in 1609. This idiosyncratic etching includes text in both French and Italian, as well as a double self-portrait of the artist (as the two male figures on the right). The allegorical figure of Calumny reappears from the ancient lost painting of the Calumny of Apelles. By explicitly referencing a painting in a print about sculpture, Biard may be staging his own paragone, a debate tradition dating from antiquity in which one art form was compared with another.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Pierre Biard, II

Title

An Allegory of Statuary or Lament of Sculpture

Origin

France

Date

1629

Medium

Etching in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

325 × 530 mm (image); 353 × 532 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Everett D. Graff Fund and Henry M. Huxley Fund

Reference Number

1983.280

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