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The Ape Tied in a Courtyard

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

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




Jean de Gourmont
French, 1506-1551

About this artwork

Exotic animals made popular pets in the early modern era (from the late 15th to 18th centuries), as seen in the extravagant courtyard depicted in this roundel. The ape’s owner cannot be far off, as it is attached to the wall; the lone pear the animal attempts to reach with its foot has been left cruelly just out of reach.


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Jean de Gourmont


The Ape Tied in a Courtyard


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1520–1530


Engraving in black on cream laid paper


Sheet, trimmed within platemark: 8.5 × 8.4 cm (3 3/8 × 3 5/16 in.)

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Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

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