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Four Dancing Muses

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Four Dancing Muses

ca. 1497
15th century
244 x 339 mm (9.6 x 13.3 in.)

Premier Engraver, Italian
After Andrea Mantegna, Italian, (ca. 1431–1506)

Object Type: print
Medium and Support: Engraving on laid paper
Print impression quality: Very good
Marks: Watermark: Possibly a small shield, bent out of shape (difficult to decipher)
Bibliography: Bartsch 18 (vol. 13, p. 305) as attributed to Zoan Andrea (Italian, flourished 1475–1505); Borenius 14 as School of Mantegna; Hind 21 (vol. 5, p. 27), plate 519 as School of Mantegna; see Lambert, The Image Multiplied, numbers 27a–27c. Landau believes Premier Engraver was Giovanni Antonio da Brescia (active 1490 – ca. 1520). “Both Borenius and Hind consider that this engraving may be by Giovanni Antonio da Brescia. It is based on four of the dancing nymphs in Mantegna’s painting ‘Parnassus,’ ca. 1497 (Louvre). Only nine impressions are recorded by Hind, including the present example” [quotation source unrecorded].
Credit Line: Gift of George W. Davison (BA Wesleyan 1892), 1940
Accession Number: 1940.D1.8

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  • dance - Performing art form realized in rhythmic movement, creating visual designs by a series of poses and tracing of patterns through space in the course of measured units of time. [November 1994 scope note added. February 1993 related term added.]
  • dancers - Use for those who engage in the activity of dancing or who practice the art of dance, especially as a profession. [November 1994 scope note added. February 1993 related term added. November 1992 alternate term added.]
  • nudes - Representations of unclothed human figures. [February 1998 related term added, "nudity"; alternate descriptor changed, was "nude". September 1990 descriptor added.]

  • sheet Dimensions: 244 x 339 mm (9.6 x 13.3 in.)

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