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Omnia Vincit Amor

Agostino Carracci (Italian, Bologna 1557–1602 Parma)

Date:
1599
Medium:
Engraving
Dimensions:
plate: 5 x 7 3/8 in. (12.7 x 18.8 cm) sheet: 5 1/8 x 7 5/8 in. (13 x 19.3 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1917
Accession Number:
17.3.1853
  • Description

    Cupid's victorious combat with the woodland god Pan is a visual translation of the famous line in Virgil's tenth Eclogue "Love conquers all." The Latin word omnia, like the Greek word pan, signifies "all," while amor, the Latin name for Cupid, means "love." About the time he made this engraving, Agostino was assisting his brother Annibale in a fresco cycle at the Farnese Gallery based on the theme of the power of love. Annibale painted Cupid's successful wrestling match with Pan on one of the feigned medallions that adorn the ceiling. This print is the masterpiece of the simplified, monumental manner that Agostino developed in Rome, its popularity evident from the fact that ten other printmakers are known to
    have copied it.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: omnia vincit Amor (center towards top); P.S.F. (along bottom); 1599 A.C.IN. (lower right)

  • Catalogue Raisonné

    Bartsch, XVIII.103.116; De Grazia Bohlin, no. 210; Bohn 1995, no. 3901.216, only state

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