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Nude Child Seated

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

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




Jean de Gourmont
French, 1506-1551

About this artwork

Here Gourmont placed a nude child in front of his characteristic perspectival architecture, leaving only a few clues about his identity. The composition resembles both contemporary images of the Christ Child as well as the John the Baptist roundel on view nearby (1938.1502). Yet the oil lamp behind the figure and the statue in ancient garb emphasize the broken bricks and weeds growing throughout this collapsed structure. These details suggest that the roundel is a meditation on the ruins of Antiquity rather than the advent of Christianity.


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Prints and Drawings


Jean de Gourmont


Nude Child Seated


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1520–1530


Engraving in black on ivory laid paper


Sheet, trimmed within platemark: 7.8 × 7.8 cm (3 1/8 × 3 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

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