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Virgil the Magician Hanging in the Basket

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

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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.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Georg Pencz

Title

Virgil the Magician Hanging in the Basket

Place

Germany (Artist's nationality)

Date

1541–1542

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

Image/sheet: 5.7 × 8.2 cm (2 1/4 × 3 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Potter Palmer

Reference Number

1919.2313

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