A Headpiece in the Form of a Fan

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

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  • A work made of engraving on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1589/95

Artist:

Agostino Carracci
Italian, 1557-1602

About this artwork

Agostino Carracci’s fanciful ostrich feather headdress engraving could be cut out and mounted on a stiff backing, then secured to a woman’s festive coiffure. The central oval cameo of the virgin huntress Diana offers the wearer one identity; three other ovals could replace it or the smaller scene of a voyeuristic satyr observing bathing nymphs. These alternate cameos include the wiser goddess Minerva, the three Graces dancing, and Minerva and Poseidon. The relatively damaged and scuffed surface of the engraving plate reinforces the idea that the print was meant to be cut out and assembled, and so keeping the margins pristine was unimportant.

On View

Prints and Drawings, Gallery 205

Artist

Agostino Carracci

Title

A Headpiece in the Form of a Fan

Origin

Italy

Date

1584–1600

Medium

Engraving on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

370 x 248 mm (image/sheet, cut within plate mark)

Credit Line

The Joseph Brooks Fair Collection

Reference Number

1942.250

Extended information about this artwork

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