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  • Museum number

    1972,U.1306-1314

  • Description

    Nine fragments depicting the 'Loves of the Gods' (I Modi ['the Positions']), mounted on a sheet; four depicting a female head in profile, three depicting the naked upper torso and head of a female reclining on a bed in various positions suggesting intercourse; two nude males seen from the torso up Engraving

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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1510-1520
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 240 millimetres (sheet)
    • Width: 270 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    These have traditionally been regarded as the only surviving fragments of Marcantonio's famous series of 'I Modi'. They are discussed by James Grantham Turner in 'Print Quarterly' December 2004, XXI, pp.369-79, who concludes that they come from a single 'replacement' set for Marcantonio's originals, re-engraved in the same direction perhaps by Agostino Veneziano. In this case no original engraving or fragment of one survives. Each fragment is further discussed by James Grantham Turner in 'Art and love in Renaissance Italy', Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2008, cat.99, pp.200-202,

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  • Location

    Italian XVIc Mounted Roy

  • Exhibition history

    1999 Sep-Nov, New York, Hunter Coll AG, Giulio Romano, Master Designer
    2005/6 Oct-Jan, Florence, Museo degli Argenti, 'Mythologica et Erotica'
    2007/8 Oct-Jan, London, Barbican Art Gallery, 'Seduced...'
    2013/14 Oct-Jan, BM, 'Shunga: Sex and Humour in Japanese Art', 1600-1900

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    28 July 2005

    Reason for treatment

    Loan

    Treatment proposal

    Mount

    Condition

    Unmounted

    Treatment details

    Mount - Overthrow - R

    About these records 

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    First described in the Ralph Willett sale catalogue, 1812, lot 1307.

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1972,U.1306-1314

Nine fragments depicting the 'Loves of the Gods' (I Modi), mounted on a sheet; four depicting a female head in profile, three depicting the naked upper torso and head of a female reclining on a bed in various positions suggesting intercourse; two nude males seen from the torso up
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Nine fragments depicting the 'Loves of the Gods' (I Modi), mounted on a sheet; four depicting a female head in profile, three depicting the naked upper torso and head of a female reclining on a bed in various positions suggesting intercourse; two nude males seen from the torso up Engraving

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