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Presentation of Christ

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.


c. 1502


after Lorenzo di Ottavio Costa
Italian, c. 1460-1535

About this artwork

Born in Ferrara, Costa studied there with Cosimo Tura before moving to Bologna in the early 1480s. He traveled throughout Italy, ultimately settling in Mantua as court artist to the powerful Gonzaga family. This rich engraving of the biblical account of Christ’s introduction to the teachers at the temple in Jerusalem is after a 1502 painting by Costa for the church of Santa Maria della Vita in Bologna. It is unclear whether this work was engraved by the artist himself or was copied by an anonymous Bolognese engraver.


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Prints and Drawings


Lorenzo di Ottavio Costa


Presentation of Christ


Italy (Artist's nationality:)

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Engraving in black on ivory laid paper


15.5 × 13.2 cm (6 1/8 × 5 1/4 in.)

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Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

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