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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1934,0228.2

  • Description

    An allegory on copulation; a man and a woman copulating on a bench, with a bird in the form of a penis on the left and on the right a scroll inscribed: 'PVRINEGA TIE[N] DVRO'; 1934 re-strike. c.1470-80. Engraving

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1470-1480 (circa)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 149 millimetres
    • Width: 224 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    This modern impression was catalogued by Hind among a group of miscellaneous north Italian prints from about 1460-1500. The original copper plate for the print was owned by Mr John Hunt, and from this plate the present impression was taken in 1934. The engraving illustrating the 'Various occupations' (Hind E.III.30; M. J. Zucker, 'The Illustrated Bartsch, Commentary', vol. 24, part 3, 2000, p. 198-200, no. 028b) is engraved on the reverse of the plate. No early impressions of the print are known. Along with Hind E.III.29 (see 1934,0228.1), the engraving is a comic and sexual allegory. As Hind noted, the representation of the penis in the form of a bird dates from antiquity. The meaning of the inscription - 'Purinega hold fast' or 'Purinega don't let go' - remains unclear. The image shows a prominent nail hole at the lower centre, perhaps resulting from the plate having been nailed down or riveted to a support prior to printing.

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  • Bibliography

    • TIB 24.2408.028b bibliographic details
    • Hind 1938-48 E.III.30 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Italian XVc Mounted Roy)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1934

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1934,0228.2

An allegory on copulation; a man and a woman embracing on a bench, with a bird in the form of a penis on the l and on the r a scroll inscribed "PVRINEGA TIE[N] DVRO"; 1934 re-strike.  c.1470-80 Engraving

An allegory on copulation; a man and a woman embracing on a bench, with a bird in the form of a penis on the l and on the r a scroll inscribed "PVRINEGA TIE[N] DVRO"; 1934 re-strike. c.1470-80 Engraving

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