floral and leaf decorative pattern with two Tritons at center, emerging from vines; one Triton faces out, the other with its back to viewer; two putti holding fronds flank L and R side

Ornamental Design with Tendrils, a Couple of Tritons, and Two Children, 1537

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Heinrich Aldegrever showed his reverence for Albrecht Dürer by imitating his monogram style. He also used the great German artist’s prints as his personal model book. The half-fish triton at left has the same pouty face as Diana in Dürer’s Apollo and Diana (c. 1505), and the long-waisted bodies are typical of Dürer, too. This panel was probably intended to inspire furniture decoration.

Exhibitions
Details
Title
Ornamental Design with Tendrils, a Couple of Tritons, and Two Children
Artist Life
1502–after 1555/61
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.93.30
Provenance
John E. Andrus III, Wayzata, Minn.; by descent to his daughters, Elizabeth, Katie, and Julie; gave to MIA, 2015. Earlier provenances have been gathered, but further research will increase our knowledge of their histories.
Catalogue Raisonne
Bartsch 260 (vol. 8, p. 441); New Hollstein 260; Zschelletzschky, pp. 190-91
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floral and leaf decorative pattern with two Tritons at center, emerging from vines; one Triton faces out, the other with its back to viewer; two putti holding fronds flank L and R side