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Allegory of Carnal Love

Five young adult figures sparingly draped in loose fabric and two nude toddler-aged males frolic in a woodland scene. A winged Cupid flies above the group.
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  • Five young adult figures sparingly draped in loose fabric and two nude toddler-aged males frolic in a woodland scene. A winged Cupid flies above the group.

Date:

c. 1530

Artist:

Cristofano Robetta
Italian, 1462-c.1535

About this artwork

Cristofano Robetta’s Allegory of Carnal Love depicts a scene of love and death in a friezelike composition, with two pairs of lovers in a triangle-like formation with a putto at each point. Standing at the far left of the scene is an enigmatic divine figure drawing in the bodies of the lovers closest to him with his sash. Is he, like the skull underfoot, a symbol of death, reminding the viewer of what lies in store?

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Cristofano Robetta

Title

Allegory of Carnal Love

Place

Italy (Artist's nationality:)

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1525–1535

Medium

Engraving on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

30.2 × 20.8 cm (11 15/16 × 8 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1956.1043

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