Acis and Galatea

A work made of drypoint and mezzotint in brown and black on white wove paper.

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  • A work made of drypoint and mezzotint in brown and black on white wove paper.

Date:

1975

Artist:

Jirí Anderle (Czech, born 1936)
after Claude Lorrain (French, 1600-1682)

About this artwork

The 20th-century Czech artist Jiří Anderle frequently employed mezzotint among other intaglio media in his art-history–inspired prints. Either Richard Earlom’s Liber Veritatis mezzotint or a drawing by Claude Lorrain of the same subject served as the source for the tree and the central tent, as both appear similar to Claude’s original painting. Anderle printed the composition in reverse before adding the enlarged, distorted head of a menacing Cyclops on the left. The spurned lover of the nymph Galatea, the one-eyed Polyphemus appears only on a distant hill in the original. Here he looms, ready to dispose of Galatea’s preferred mate, Acis.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Jirí Anderle

Title

Acis and Galatea

Origin

Czech Republic

Date

Made 1936

Medium

Drypoint and mezzotint in brown and black on white wove paper

Dimensions

502 × 661 mm (image/ plate); 646 × 674 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Margaret Fisher

Reference Number

1976.57

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