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Triton Ridden by a Child, plate one of Twelve Ornament Panels

A work made of engraving on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving on cream laid paper.


c. 1505–20


Giovanni Pietro da Birago
Italian, active 1470-1513

About this artwork

This engraving comes from a series of columnar panels based on architectural sculpture from the 14th century. The set of 12 could be cut out and used as wall decorations or framing devices. The many mythological creatures in this series, such as the Triton and Nereid, exemplify the grotesque decorative style that was popular at the time. Palaces, tombs, and villas in this style were unearthed around Rome and Naples, especially the Emperor Nero’s Domus Aurea palace, which had ancient wall paintings intact. Many Italian Renaissance artists were interested in renewing this ancient style and copied it frequently.


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Giovan Pietro Birago


Triton Ridden by a Child, plate one of Twelve Ornament Panels


Italy (Artist's nationality)




Engraving on cream laid paper


Plate: 53.3 × 9.2 cm (21 × 3 5/8 in.); Sheet: 55.5 × 12.4 cm (21 7/8 × 4 15/16 in.)

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Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

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