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The Mousetrap

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

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

Date:

c. 1654

Artist:

Claude Mellan
French, 1598-1688

About this artwork

Mellan never completed this secular engraving, and he may not have intended to publish or distribute it widely. The work is a surprisingly sensual departure for an artist who engraved hundreds of religious subjects and portraits, but it maintains his sinuous, supple line. The stark nudity of the Venus-like central figure, taken from an unfinished plate with substantial areas of blank space, enhances the print’s abstraction.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Claude Mellan

Title

The Mousetrap

Origin

France

Date

1649–1659

Medium

Engraving and drypoint in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

227 × 309 mm (image/plate); 234 × 314 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Amanda S. Johnson and Marion J. Livingston Fund

Reference Number

2014.642

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