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:

1500/1506

Artist:

Girolamo Mocetto
Italian, c. 1470-after 1531

About this artwork

Although he probably never met Andrea Mantegna, the Venetian painter-engraver Girolamo Mocetto nevertheless based this print on a drawing (now in the British Museum, London) by the older artist. Later, Rembrandt also copied the same drawing, and may have owned it for a time. Mocetto altered the composition by placing the scene, an allegory of calumny (or false accusation), in the Campo de Santi Giovanni e Paolo in Venice, with Andrea del Verrocchio’s famous equestrian monument to Bartolomeo Colleoni in the background. This print is a unique early state before final shading was added to the basilica dome.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Girolamo Mocetto

Title

The Calumny of Apelles

Origin

Italy

Date

1500–1506

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

318 x 457 mm

Credit Line

Charles Greene Fund

Reference Number

1962.806

Extended information about this artwork

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