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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1852,1211.1

  • Description

    A woman reclining on rocky ground and holding in her right hand a long scroll. c.1465-80 Engraving

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1465-1480 (circa)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 54 millimetres (oval)
    • Width: 98 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        The inscription on the scroll reads: 'AMOR VUOLFE EDOVE FENONNE AMOR NON PUO'.
  • 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.

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  • Bibliography

    • TIB 24.2403 .018 bibliographic details
    • Hind 1938-48 A.IV.9 bibliographic details
    • Bartsch XIII.143.1 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Italian XVc Mounted Roy)

  • Exhibition history

    1999-2000, London, National Gallery, 'Renaissance Florence. The Art of the 1470s', no. 93.

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1852

  • Acquisition notes

    Baron Philippe de Stosch (1731-1757); Wilhelm Muzel; Ernst Peter Otto (Leipzig, 1783); Klauss Otto (Leipzig, Weigel, 1852).

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1852,1211.1

A woman reclining on rocky ground and holding in her right hand a long scroll.  c.1465-80 Engraving

A woman reclining on rocky ground and holding in her right hand a long scroll. c.1465-80 Engraving

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