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Ganymede as a young boy riding a large eagle (Zeus) in flight above a landscape

Artist:
Giulio Campagnola (Italian, Padua ca. 1482–ca. 1515/18 Venice)
Artist:
?After Andrea Mantegna (Italian, Isola di Carturo 1430/31–1506 Mantua)
Date:
ca. 1500–1505
Medium:
Engraving
Dimensions:
Sheet: 6 7/8 × 5 1/16 in. (17.5 × 12.8 cm) Plate: 6 5/8 × 4 13/16 in. (16.9 × 12.2 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1937
Accession Number:
37.3.10
Not on view
The extreme youth of the boy depicted by Campagnola, together with his willing participation in his abduction by Jupiter in the guise of an eagle, suggests that a Neoplatonic reading of the myth may be intended. Beginning with the moralized versions of the Metamorphoses in the fourteenth century, the ravishment came to be interpreted as the union of the soul with God.
The engraving may have been based on a pen study in the collection of Andrede Hanesy, Paris, probably by Mantegna (see The Illustrated Bartsch XXV.2518.372). The landscape is copied from Albrecht Durer's engraving 'Virgin and Child with a Monkey' (c.1498).
Inscription: Lettered in plate, upper right: 'IVLIVS / CAMPAGNOLA / ANTENOREVS'

Marking: Fragment of collector's mark, lower right
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," April 5, 1993–July 12, 1993.

Bartsch XIII.372.5; TIB.Commentary.XXV.2518.007.S2; Hind.V.196.4.ii.
Adam von Bartsch Le Peintre graveur. Vienna, 1803, cat. no. XIII.372.5.

Arthur Mayger Hind Early Italian engraving: a critical catalogue with complete reproduction of all the prints described. London and New York, 1938-1948, cat. no. 196.4.ii.

TIB The Illustrated Bartsch - Commentary Volumes. 1978–, cat. no. XXV.2518.007.S2.



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