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Pyramid of Five Men

A work made of etching in black on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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


c. 1543


Juste de Juste
French, 1505-1559

About this artwork

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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School of Juste de Juste


Pyramid of Five Men


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Etching in black on cream laid paper


Plate: 27.5 × 20.8 cm (10 7/8 × 8 1/4 in.); Sheet: 34 × 24 cm (13 7/16 × 9 1/2 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Gaylord Donnelley and Joseph Brooks Fair Fund

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