The Calumny of Apelles

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:

1572

Artist:

Cornelis Cort (Netherlandish, 1533/36-1578)
after Federico Zuccaro (Italian, c. 1542-1609)

About this artwork

Cornelis Cort’s engraving recreates a lost painting by the ancient Greek artist Apelles, an allegory of slander known only from a detailed description by the ancient historian Lucian. Renaissance artists including Sandro Botticelli, Andrea Mantegna, Albrecht Dürer, and even Pieter Brueghel produced drawings and paintings based on the historian Lucian’s descriptions in homage to various artists of antiquity. Dürer was even called “the Apelles of the North.” Cort’s engraving includes an illusionistic heavily sculptured frame, which highlights prints’ ability to mimic paintings as objects, as well as revive their iconography.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Cornelis Cort

Title

The Calumny of Apelles

Origin

Holland

Date

1572

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

408 x 556 mm (image); 420 x 557 mm (plate/sheet, trimmed slightly within platemark)

Credit Line

Print and Drawing Fund and Stanley Field Endowment

Reference Number

1994.249

Extended information about this artwork

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