Exhibitions/ Art Object

Antique Ewer with a Handle in the Shape of Two Snakes coming from the Head of Medusa below, from Vases after the Antique

Artist:
Enea Vico (Italian, Parma 1523–1567 Ferrara)
Published in:
Rome
Date:
1543
Medium:
Engraving [very early edition of the first state]
Dimensions:
Plate: 10 1/2 × 7 7/8 in. (26.7 × 20 cm)
Classifications:
Albums, Prints, Ornament & Architecture
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
26.50.1(25)
Not on view
Antique ewer with a handle in the shape of two snakes coming from the head of Medusa below. The body of the ewer is divided in three friezes. The upper frieze contains masks, while the bulbous middle frieze shows a scene with a battle between sea gods. The lower part of the body is decorated with elongated terminal figures, connected by pieces of drapery. From a series of vase designs after the Antique, first published by Enea Vico in 1543, and later included in a composite series with other designs by Agostino Veneziano by Antonio Lafreri dated circa 1573 based on its presence in Lafreri’s catalogue.
Inscription: From left to right and top to bottom: '169' (?) (pen and ink); '9' (pencil); '25' (pencil); '‘ROMAE AB ANTIQVO REPERTVM. (…) M.D.XXXXIII’; ‘AEV’ [in a tablet]; 'No 3' (pencil - numbering by Destailleur)
Hippolyte-Alexandre-Gabriel-Walter Destailleur (French, Paris, 1822–1893); Vendor: G. Rapilly & Fils
B.XV.352.430;TIB.30.269.430
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