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Ignorance and Mercury (an allegory of Virtue and Vice), Mercury kneeling at right holding a staff and taking the hand of a man who emerges from a pile of naked bodies, at left a tree with the torso and head of a woman (Daphne)

Artist:
Giovanni Antonio da Brescia (Italian, active ca. 1490–ca. 1525)
Date:
ca. 1490–1525
Medium:
Engraving
Dimensions:
Sheet (Trimmed): 11 7/8 × 17 5/16 in. (30.2 × 44 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Janos Scholz Gift, 1954
Accession Number:
54.579
Not on view
Inscription: Lettered in the plate on plaque at left center: 'VIRTVS / DESERTA' and on stone at lower left: 'VIRTV / TI / .S.A.I.'
B.XIII.304.17 (as Zoan Andrea, to whom the print is traditionally ascribed); Hind V.27.22
Adam von Bartsch Le Peintre graveur. Vienna, 1803, cat. no. XIII.304.17, p. 304.

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. V.27.22, p. 27.



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