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Engraving

  • Place of origin:

    Netherlands (made)
    Leiden (Printed)

  • Date:

    1528 (made)
    1528 (Printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Leyden, Lucas van (artist)
    Leyden, Lucas van (Printmaker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving

  • Museum number:

    28611A

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case EO, shelf 29

This 16th-century ornament print by Lucas Hugensz van Leyden shows an asymmetrical design in the grotesque style. 'Grotesque' derives from the Italian word grottesco. The style was inspired by ancient Roman designs discovered at the end of the 15th century in the underground rooms, or grottoes, of the Golden House of Emperor Nero in Rome.

Grotesque ornament was used to decorate a wide range of objects, such as ceramics, and the style was much copied by Renaissance artists. The two sphinx-like figures are particularly ornate, with female heads, wings, hooves and the bodies of snakes.

Physical description

Engraving

Place of Origin

Netherlands (made)
Leiden (Printed)

Date

1528 (made)
1528 (Printed)

Artist/maker

Leyden, Lucas van (artist)
Leyden, Lucas van (Printmaker)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving

Marks and inscriptions

Signed and dated '1528 / L' in the centre of the plate.

Dimensions

Height: 7.8 cm Cut to, Width: 11.9 cm Cut to, Height: 12.0 cm To plate mark, Width: 8.9 cm To plate mark

Descriptive line

Lucas Hugensz van Leyden. Ornament with two sphinxes and a winged man. Dutch, 1528.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Hollstein, F. W. H., et al. Dutch and Flemish etchings, engravings and woodcuts, ca. 1450-1700 (Amsterdam: Menno Hertzberger, 1968): vol. X, p.182.

Materials

Printing ink

Techniques

Engraving

Subjects depicted

Grotesques; Sphinxes

Categories

Prints; Images Online; Ornament prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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