Virgil the Magician Hanging in the Basket

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

Date:

1541/42

Artist:

Georg Pencz
German, c. 1500-1550

About this artwork

In stories told during the Renaissance the ancient Roman poet Virgil was known as a magician or sorcerer. In one legend, he became enamored of Emperor Augustus’s daughter. Uninterested in him, she tricked him into climbing into a basket to gain entry to her chambers. After pulling him halfway up the tower, she literally left him hanging, an object of public ridicule.

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Artist

Georg Pencz

Title

Virgil the Magician Hanging in the Basket

Origin

Germany

Date

1541–1542

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

57 x 82 mm (image/sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Potter Palmer

Reference Number

1919.2313

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