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The Courtesan Punished, from The Story of the Magician Virgil

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

Furious at his romantic failure and at being exposed by his would-be paramour (as seen in the nearby Pencz engraving, 1919.2313), Virgil is said to have devised a cunning revenge that will seem cruel and misogynistic to contemporary viewers. In a reference to the supposedly insatiable lust of women, Virgil caused all of the fires in Rome to go out and an enchanted flame to issue forth from the emperor’s daughter’s genitals. This engraving shows her shame as she helps light all the lanterns of Rome.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Georg Pencz

Title

The Courtesan Punished, from The Story of the Magician Virgil

Place

Germany (Artist's nationality)

Date

1541–1542

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

Image/plate: 5.8 × 8.2 cm (2 5/16 × 3 1/4 in.); Sheet: 5.9 × 8.3 cm (2 3/8 × 3 5/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Potter Palmer

Reference Number

1919.2314

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