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Four Children Playing, plate seven of Twelve Ornament Panels

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

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

Date:

c. 1505–15

Artist:

Giovanni Antonio da Brescia
Italian, c. 1460-1523

About this artwork

Two artists in the circle of Andrea Mantegna produced a set of twelve ornamental columns (1937.100–03; 1937.105–06) which could be combined with other prints as framing devices. In true Renaissance form, the artists infused every inch of the image with a theatrical blend of mythology and antique ornament. Cupids gleefully urinate into one another’s vases in one of Giovanni Antonio’s columns, while half-armors and the spoils of war depicted throughout reinforce the Roman love of ancient history. The masked and hybrid creatures likely derive from grotteschi designs in Emperor Nero’s sunken Domus Aurea in Rome, which had been rediscovered and excavated in the decades before these prints were made.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Giovanni Antonio da Brescia

Title

Four Children Playing, plate seven of Twelve Ornament Panels

Origin

Italy

Date

1500–1520

Medium

Engraving in black on grayish ivory laid paper

Dimensions

547 × 83 mm

Credit Line

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

Reference Number

1937.106

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