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Print, Jupiter, from Grotesques à fond noir, Divinités et Allégories (Grotesques on Black Ground, Divinities and Allegories), ca. 1575

This is a Print. It was designed by Etienne Delaune. It is dated ca. 1575 and we acquired it in 1945. Its medium is engraving on off-white laid paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Sixteenth-century ornament prints served as inspiration for pottery decorators long into the 18th century. Pouncing, a technique of piercing clay with small dots and rubbing charcoal into the holes to transfer a design, was used in decorations based on print engravings. The fantastic animals and mythological figures in Delaune’s grotesque designs have parallels in the monochrome blue faience nearby.

This object was purchased from Dr. William H. Schab and catalogued by Julia Pastor. It is credited Museum purchase through gift of Mrs. John I. Kane.

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Its dimensions are

Platemark: 6.5 × 8.3 cm (2 9/16 × 3 1/4 in.) Mat: 45.7 × 35.6 cm (18 × 14 in.)

It is inscribed

[lower left]: Cum Privilegio. Regis [lower right]: Stephanus Fecit

Cite this object as

Print, Jupiter, from Grotesques à fond noir, Divinités et Allégories (Grotesques on Black Ground, Divinities and Allegories), ca. 1575; Designed by Etienne Delaune (French, 1519 - 1583); France; engraving on off-white laid paper; Platemark: 6.5 × 8.3 cm (2 9/16 × 3 1/4 in.) Mat: 45.7 × 35.6 cm (18 × 14 in.); Museum purchase through gift of Mrs. John I. Kane; 1945-6-3-1

In addition to Moustier Ceramics: Gifts from the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Collection, this object was previously on display as part of the exhibition Fragile Beasts.

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