Jupiter and Callisto

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

Date:

1560/70

Artist:

Domenico Vito (Italian, active 1576-1586)
after Pierre Milan (French, died 1557)
after Francesco Primaticcio (Italian, 1504-1570)

About this artwork

In Roman mythology, Callisto is a nymph of Diana, the goddess of chastity. Jupiter, disguised as Diana and with the help of Cupid, seduces and impregnates Callisto.
Domenico Vito, an Italian monk and printmaker, based his Jupiter and Callisto on Pierre Milan’s engraving, after Francesco Primaticcio’s fresco in the Palace of Fontainebleau. Primaticcio was a member of the First School of Fontainebleau, a group of Italian masters brought into France by Francis I to decorate the royal palace. In 1542 Primaticcio set up a school of printmaking, where Milan was a member.

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Artist

Domenico Vito

Title

Jupiter and Callisto

Origin

Italy

Date

1560–1570

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

189 x 282 mm (plate); 210 x 297 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. Woods Endowment

Reference Number

1997.307

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