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A woman reclining on rocky ground and holding in her right hand a long scroll. c.1465-80
- Production date
- 1465-1480 (circa)
Height: 54 millimetres (oval)
Width: 98 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This unique engraving belongs to the so-called 'Otto Prints'; for the group see the commentary to Hind, A.IV.2 (1852-3-1-3).
Hind translates the verses as follows: "love desires loyalty, and where no loyalty is, neither is there love". The same 'motto' is also found in Hind, A.IV.12. Alison Wright has recently identified the female figure as a nymph of the spring, because of the inclusion of a stream in the background. She also has noted that the nymph, as an object of love, was a commonplace of contemporary lyric poetry, and was utilised, for example, in the imagery of Lorenzo de' Medici's famous joust of 1469 (see her entry in exh. cat., London, National Gallery, 'Renaissance Florence. The Art of the 1470s', 1999-2000, no. 93).
As Zucker noted (in 'The Illustrated Bartsch, Commentary', vol. 24, part 1, 1993, p. 136, no. 018), the image recalls the Florentine tradition of depicted reclining women on the inner lids of marriage chests.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1999-2000, London, National Gallery, 'Renaissance Florence. The Art of the 1470s', no. 93.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Baron Philippe de Stosch (1731-1757); Wilhelm Muzel; Ernst Peter Otto (Leipzig, 1783); Klauss Otto (Leipzig, Weigel, 1852).
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