Giovanni Battista Palumba (Italian, active ca. 1500–1520)
Woodcut (this appears to be a later impression)
Sheet: 14 3/16 × 9 13/16 in. (36 × 25 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1925
Not on view
Among Jupiter's many loves was the boy Ganymede, whom the god, in the guise of an eagle, carried off to Olympus to serve as his cupbearer. Palumba's woodcut follows Virgil's description (Aeneid 5.250–57) of a cloak embroidered with a depiction of the Trojan prince's abduction while hunting on Mount Ida. As Virgil writes, as the beautiful youth is born aloft in the eagle's talons, his guardians stretch their hands in vain to Heaven and the barking of his dogs rises to the skies.
Inscription: Signed in block with the monogram of Master I. B. with the Bird at lower center: ·I·B·[small bird facing left]
Marking: On verso at bottom center: Doublette der Albertina stamp (Lugt 5d)
Vendor: Graphische Sammlung Albertina
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," May 6, 1996–July 28, 1996.
Bartsch XIII.250.3 (as Master I.B. with the Bird); TIB.25, 76.3
Adam von Bartsch Le Peintre graveur. Vienna, 1803, cat. no. 3, p. 250.
TIB The Illustrated Bartsch. Abaris Books, 1978–, cat. no. 3 (250), p. 76, ill.
Artist: Giovanni Battista Palumba (Italian, active ca. 1500–1520)Date: 1500–1510Medium: Woodcut, letterpress on verso from Leon Baptista Alberti's 'Opera' (Florence 1496?)Accession: 37.66On view in:Not on view