Collection online

satirical print / print

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1933,1111.3

  • Description

    Composite rotting head of a monk representing an allegory of iconoclasm; the head emerges from a rocky outcropping, infested with little figures who swarm over it; a diabolical mass is being conducted inside the gaping mouth, and on the pate sits a figure of the pope enthroned beneath a canopy with indulgences pinned up on the staves; various rituals and processions take place and are labelled with letters; in the foreground Protestant iconoclasts are clearing up bits of altarpieces, religious sculptures, sundry vanities and other church paraphernalia and tipping them into a fire
    Etching

    More 

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1560-1570
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 435 millimetres
    • Width: 315 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        With letters for a key.
  • Curator's comments

    See F. Carey (ed.), 'The Apocalypse and the Shape of Things to Come', exh. cat., BM, London 1999, pp. 112-114; Joseph Koerner, The Reformation of the Image (London, Reaktion, 2004) fig. 50, p. 112.

  • Location

    Not on display (D+F XVIc Mounted Roy)

  • Exhibition history

    1984 Sep-Dec, Amsterdam, Rijkmuseum, 'William of Orange'
    1995 Feb-Mar, Kamakura, Museum of Modern Art, Disguised Vision
    1995 Mar-Apr, Koriyama City Museum, Disguised Vision
    1998, Aug-Dec, Bruges, Memlingmuseum,'Bruges et la Renaissance' no.158
    2002 May-Sep, Karlsruhe, Zentrum für Kunst, Iconoclash...
    2004-2005 Oct-Jan, London, Hayward Gallery, Art of Illusion
    2009 Apr-Jul, Paris, Grand Palas, La Double Image...
    2017 20 Jun-24 Sep, Tokyo, National Museum of Western Art, Giuseppe Arcimboldo

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1933

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1933,1111.3

Composite rotting head of a monk representing an allegory of iconoclasm; the head emerges from a rocky outcropping, infested with little figures who swarm over it; a diabolical mass is being conducted inside the gaping mouth, and on the pate sits a figure of the pope enthroned beneath a canopy with indulgences pinned up on the staves; various rituals and processions take place and are labelled with letters; in the foreground Protestant iconoclasts are clearing up bits of altarpieces, religious sculptures, sundry vanities and other church paraphernalia and tipping them into a fire  Etching

Composite rotting head of a monk representing an allegory of iconoclasm; the head emerges from a rocky outcropping, infested with little figures who swarm over it; a diabolical mass is being conducted inside the gaping mouth, and on the pate sits a figure of the pope enthroned beneath a canopy with indulgences pinned up on the staves; various rituals and processions take place and are labelled with letters; in the foreground Protestant iconoclasts are clearing up bits of altarpieces, religious sculptures, sundry vanities and other church paraphernalia and tipping them into a fire Etching

Image description

Recommend


Feedback

If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: collectiondatabase@britishmuseum.org 

View open data for this object with SPARQL endpoint

Object reference number: PPA87813

British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.

View this object

Support the Museum:
donate online

The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.

About the database

The British Museum collection database is a work in progress. New records, updates and images are added every week.

More about the database 

Supporters

Work on this database is supported by a range of sponsors, donors and volunteers.

More about supporters and how you
can help  

Loading...