Duvet Studying the Apocalypse

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

Date:

1555

Artist:

Jean Duvet
French, 1485-after 1561

About this artwork

Jean Duvet portrayed himself as John the Evangelist in this frontispiece to the Apocalypse. He holds an engraver’s burin and has inscribed his name on the arched, copperplate-like tablet at his left: “Jean Duvet, goldsmith of Langres, aged seventy, has completed these histories in 1555.” Duvet’s attribute is not the eagle, but rather a menacing swan. Swimming toward him with an arrow in his beak, the bird and the ship of the three Fates above it bear ill tidings: “Death is upon me and my hands tremble, my sight fails, yet the spirit remains victorious and I have completed my great work.”

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Artist

Jean Duvet

Title

Duvet Studying the Apocalypse

Origin

France

Date

1555

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

296 × 210 mm (image); 303 × 219 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1956.1049

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