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Intaglio - Cupid and Minerva

Cupid and Minerva

  • Object:

    Intaglio

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1660 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Agate

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr W. L. Hildburgh, FSA

  • Museum number:

    A.27-1937

  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery, case 2, shelf 3

An intaglio carving is cut into the surface of the material and a cameo is in relief. The art of gemstone carving was known in ancient Greece and Rome and revived in Renaissance Italy, when connoisseurs began to form rich collections of engraved stones. Shell cameos, which were cheaper and more easily worked, became fashionable in the 19th century. Many were bought by tourists as souvenirs.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

ca. 1660 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Agate

Object history note

Given by Dr W.L Hildburgh, F.S.A.

Descriptive line

Intaglio of Cupid and Minerva, agate, France, ca. 1660

Materials

Agate

Categories

Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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