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Icones et Segmenta

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  • Description

    A frieze of eight draped women, dancing after a wedding, and on the far left a Bacchante, holding a thyrsus and carrying a dead fawn; after an antique relief from the Villa Borghese, sometimes known as the Borghese Dancers; two plates joined together. 1645 Etching

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  • Date

    • 1645
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 169 millimetres (left plate, trimmed)
    • Width: 411 millimetres
    • Height: 151 millimetres (right plate)
    • Width: 460 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Numbered on plate: '19' (bottom centre) and '20' (bottom right); signed on plate with monogram, within image, bottom centre; lettered with Latin inscription: 'Bacchantis imago cuni thyrso......'.
  • Curator's comments

    From a series of views of antique reliefs, see 1972,U.922.1 for comment.

  • Bibliography

    • Robert-Dumesnil VI.193.161 bibliographic details
    • Robert-Dumesnil VI.194.162 bibliographic details
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    Prints & Drawings

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