Tannhäuser: Venusberg

A work made of lithograph in black with scraping on stone on grayish-ivory chine laid down on thick ivory wove paper.
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  • A work made of lithograph in black with scraping on stone on grayish-ivory chine laid down on thick ivory wove paper.

Date:

1876

Artist:

Henri Fantin-Latour
French, 1836-1904

About this artwork

Richard Wagner's opera Tannhaüser was first interpreted by Henri Fantin-Latour in 1862. This second revised version of Venusberg was Fantin-Latour's first attempt at transfer lithography, a printing method in which the artist's drawing is transferred directly onto a lithographic stone. Here, Tannhaüser is depicted in Venus's realm of sensual delights. Nymphs dance to the music of a flute player, and Venus reclines upon Tannhaüser's lap, gazing passionately into his eyes.

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Artist

Henri Fantin-Latour

Title

Tannhäuser: Venusberg

Origin

France

Date

1876

Medium

Lithograph in black with scraping on stone on grayish-ivory chine laid down on thick ivory wove paper

Dimensions

409 × 502 mm (image); 410 × 505 mm (primary sheet); 498 × 598 mm (secondary sheet)

Credit Line

The Art Institute of Chicago

Reference Number

1927.2939

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