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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.

Date:

c. 1505–20

Artist:

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.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Giovan Pietro Birago

Title

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

Place

Italy (Artist's nationality)

Date

1505–1520

Medium

Engraving on cream laid paper

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

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

Reference Number

1937.104

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