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.

Date:

1520/30

Artist:

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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Artist

Jean de Gourmont

Title

Nude Child Seated

Origin

France

Date

1520–1530

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

78 × 78 mm (sheet, trimmed within plate mark)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1956.1062

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