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Jupiter, Neptune and Pluto Offering their Crowns to the Arms of Cardinal Borghese

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

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  • A work made of etching on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1640/45

Artist:

Simone Cantarini
Italian, 1612-1648

About this artwork

Simone Cantarini first designed this print for the frontispiece of a doctoral thesis in 1640. Originally the image included the coat of arms of Cardinal Pier Maria Borghese as well as that of the author’s family. Perhaps the scholar was praying for a successful doctoral defense with the help of this powerful dedicatee. Cantarini depicted Jupiter approaching in an eagle-drawn chariot alongside Neptune and Pluto, who offer their crowns of immortality to Borghese. After his death in 1642, the cardinal’s coat of arms was scraped out, but the symbols of his virtue and his vocation remain: column (power); scales (justice); vases (temperance); mirror and serpent (prudence); and his cardinal’s hat.

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Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Simone Cantarini

Title

Jupiter, Neptune and Pluto Offering their Crowns to the Arms of Cardinal Borghese

Origin

Italy

Date

1640–1645

Medium

Etching on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

310 × 435 mm (image); 315 × 440 mm (plate); 320 × 440 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Wallace L. DeWolf and Joseph Brooks Fair Collections

Reference Number

1920.2057

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