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Grotesque with a Female Figure (Minerva?) in a Temple-like Structure with a Cupola

Anonymous, Italian, 16th century ?
After Agostino Veneziano (Agostino dei Musi) (Italian, Venice ca. 1490–after 1536 Rome)
1540 after
Pen and black ink, brush and gray wash
Sheet: 8 9/16 x 5 5/8 in. (21.8 x 14.3 cm)
Drawings, Ornament & Architecture
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1960
Accession Number:
Not on view
Grotesque after a print by Agostino Veneziano thought to have been published arund 1530. The design is characterized by a an architectural structure with a cupola in the middle. The structure is open on all sides but the back, and in it a female figure with a helmet, possibly Minerva, is visible. The building is supported by a foot which is flanked on both sides by cupids. They hold onto meandering acanthus scrolls which form the basis for a decorative structure made up out of vases and garlands.
Vendor: Walter Schatzki
Sune Schéle Cornelis Bos: A study of the Origins of the Netherland Grotesque. Uppsala, 1965, p. 226, cat. 5.

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