The Ape Tied in a Courtyard

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

Date:

1520/30

Artist:

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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Artist

Jean de Gourmont

Title

The Ape Tied in a Courtyard

Origin

France

Date

1520–1530

Medium

Engraving in black on cream laid paper

Dimensions

85 × 84 mm (sheet, trimmed within plate mark)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1956.1063

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