Frieze with Tritons and Nymphs, c. 1517



Gift of Herschel V. Jones, 1926expand_more  P.10,925

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Although Venice originated in the early Middle Ages as a swampland stronghold against northern barbarians, the powerful republic identified itself with the ancient Romans and their sea god, Neptune. This print is one of two long, horizontal engravings that create a frieze of Neptune and his entourage. The design of the figures is likely based on grotesques unearthed from Roman ruins and circulated among artists in the early Renaissance.

Frieze with Tritons and Nymphs
Artist Life
(Venice), c. 1470–c. 1531
Accession Number
Purple stamp verso, J. Kuderna (L.1626 a).
Catalogue Raisonne
H. V 169.17 ii/ii; B.XIII,101,7
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