About this artwork
This engraving depicts a seated female figure holding a staff surmounted by an urn filled with flowers, fruit, and wheat, similar to the urn traditionally held by Ceres, the Roman goddess of the harvest. The child grasping the figure’s breast in a fertility gesture suggests an alternate identity, that of the earth goddess Tellus. Robetta rendered the rocky terrain with heavy clusters of undulating curves, a technique likely inspired by early-16th-century engravings by Albrecht Dürer. The cartelliño suspended from the tree originally held the artist’s signature, but this was scored through before an impression had been printed for some unknown reason.
Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Cristofano Robetta
- An Allegory of Abundance
- Engraving in black on cream laid paper
- 252 × 183 mm (image); 256 × 185 mm (plate/sheet)
- Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.