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Print - The Emperor Caracalla killing his brother
  • The Emperor Caracalla killing his brother
    Le Pautre, Jean, born 1618 - died 1682
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The Emperor Caracalla killing his brother

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (printed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1670 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Le Pautre, Jean, born 1618 - died 1682 (artist)
    Leblond (etcher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching on paper

  • Museum number:

    12951:38

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case EO, shelf 86

This print by Jean Le Pautre shows a scene from Roman history. Emperor Caracalla ruled Imperial Rome jointly with his brother Geta, who he had murdered to ensure his position.

The scene is set in a room decorated in Baroque style, favoured by Louis XIV. The extravagant interiors seen here are decorated with drapery, figures and flower ornament. The ornamental style seen here is meant to recall ancient Rome, even though it is somewhat removed from ancient originals.

Physical description

Print depicting the Emperor Caracalla killing his brother, with a large bed at the centre of the image and Roman soldiers at the left.

Place of Origin

Paris (printed)

Date

ca. 1670 (printed)

Artist/maker

Le Pautre, Jean, born 1618 - died 1682 (artist)
Leblond (etcher)

Materials and Techniques

Etching on paper

Marks and inscriptions

L'emperor Seuere estant mort, Caracalla fit esclatter la jalousie quil auvit contre son Frere Geta, et l'assasina entre les bras de l'Imperatrice.
I.I.e Potre in. et Fecit
Le Blond excu

Dimensions

Height: 23.4 cm, Width: 30.5 cm

Object history note

The massively grand official style of Louis XIV was a version of Roman baroque, making much use of flower and drapery swags and figures. In spite of its departures from classical originals, it was meant to recall ancient Rome, as this print shows.

Descriptive line

'Emperor Caracalla killing his brother', etching by Jean Le Pautre, from the set Differens Desseins d'alcauve, France, about 1670

Labels and date

PRINT: THE EMPEROR CARACALLA KILLING HIS BROTHER
French, about 1670
Etching by Jean le Pautre (1618-82), from the set Differens Desseins d'alcauve

The massively grand official style of Louis XIV was a version of Roman baroque, making much use of flower and drapery swags and figures. In spite of its departures from classical originals, it was meant to recall ancient Rome, as this print shows.

12951.38 []

Production Note

from the set Differens Desseins d'alcauve

Subjects depicted

Figures; Classicism; Festoons; Men; Emperors; Swags

Categories

Prints; Royalty; Ornament prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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