The Altar of Love

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:

1510/36

Artist:

Agostino dei Musi (Italian, c. 1490-after 1536)
printed by Antonio Salamanca (Italian, 1478-1562)

About this artwork

In this engraving, Cupid adorns the altar of love. Because war is the opponent of love, he is shown dominating a battle relief. The artist skillfully evoked a sense of color in the architecture by varying his engraved line. The swirls in the floor tiles represent the design of colored marble, whereas the columns are left white. The classicizing elements of architecture and mythological subjects attest to the revival of antiquity in the Renaissance.

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Artist

Agostino dei Musi

Title

The Altar of Love

Origin

Italy

Date

1510–1536

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

293 x 221 mm (image); 297 x 221 (plate/sheet)

Credit Line

The Wallace L. DeWolf and Joseph Brooks Fair Collections

Reference Number

1920.2362

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