An Allegory of Abundance

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

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

Date:

c. 1515

Artist:

Cristofano Robetta
Italian, 1462-c.1535

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.

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Artist

Cristofano Robetta

Title

An Allegory of Abundance

Origin

Italy

Date

1510–1520

Medium

Engraving in black on cream laid paper

Dimensions

252 × 183 mm (image); 256 × 185 mm (plate/sheet)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1956.1042

Extended information about this artwork

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