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Design for a Dish with Portraits of the Roman Emperors Caesar, Claudius, and Otho

Artist:
Theodor de Bry (Netherlandish, Liège 1528–1598 Frankfurt)
Date:
ca. 1588
Medium:
Engraving
Dimensions:
Sheet: 5 1/16 × 4 15/16 in. (12.8 × 12.6 cm)
Classifications:
Prints, Ornament & Architecture
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1923
Accession Number:
23.84.21
Not on view
Design for a dish with medallions containing the portraits of three Roman Emperors – Caesar (top), Claudius (left), and Otho (right) – around a central medallion with the title. To the left and right of the central medallion, scenes with grotesques, including two merchants being pulled on carts towards the centaur. Below, two figures sit on a basket of eggs. From a series of four plates.
Inscription: In central medallion: PRAECLARISSIMA / VIRTVTVM EST / IVSTITIA;
around top medallion: C CAESAR / DICT PERPETVO ;
around left medallion: TICLAVDIVS . CAESAR / AVG . P . M. TR. PIM. PPP;
around right medallion: IMP. OTHO. CAESAR . AVG. TRI. POT;
across bottom: THE' . DE . BRY . FE . ET . EX
Vendor: S. F. C. Smith
Hollstein IV.49.191-194; SKB 918(2); Guilmard 367.37h
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