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Emperor Freeing the Slave Androcles

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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

Date:

1516/17

Artist:

Agostino dei Musi
Italian, c. 1490-after 1536

About this artwork

In Aesop’s Fables, the escaped slave Androcles is thrown to a lion for the amusement of the emperor. Miraculoush, the beast greets him like a puppy instead of tearing him limb from limb. Androcles had once removed a thorn from the lion’s paw, and in gratitude the animal spares his life in the arena. The emperor is so touched by the story that he too spares Androcles’ life and sends the lion back to the wild. Agostino Veneziano may have used a drawing by Raphael as the model for this engraving. Its subject matter reflects the early-16th-century fascination with ancient literature and sculpture.

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Artist

Agostino dei Musi

Title

Emperor Freeing the Slave Androcles

Origin

Italy

Date

1511–1521

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

402 x 270 mm (image/plate); 404 x 268 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Potter Palmer, II

Reference Number

1919.2560

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