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Bath of Sardanapalus

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.

Date:

n.d.

Artist:

Johann Theodor de Bry (German, 1561-1623)
after Marten de Vos (Flemish, 1532-1603)

About this artwork

Sardanapalus was a mythical ancient Assyrian king known for his excessive pursuit of physical pleasure. He appears here being bathed by a bevy of women, though he was said to have many concubines of both genders. Johann Theodor de Bry copied and reshaped another artist’s rectangular print of a moralizing subject to create this composition, surrounding it with a sumptuously detailed border of foodstuffs, animals, and grotesque hybrid creatures.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Johann Theodor de Bry

Title

Bath of Sardanapalus

Origin

Germany

Date

1581–1623

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

159 × 156 mm (image/plate/trimmed to sheet)

Credit Line

The Charles Deering Collection

Reference Number

1927.2675

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