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.
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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
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions Moustier Ceramics: Gifts from the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Collection and Fragile Beasts.