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Circle of Conrad Meit of Worms (1480s–1550/51)
Boxwood; pedestal: black wood
Overall (statuette): 8 3/8 × 3 × 2 1/2 in. (21.3 × 7.6 × 6.4 cm);
Overall (pedestal): 2 1/2 × 3 1/8 × 3 in. (6.4 × 7.9 × 7.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
Not on view
As court sculptor to Margaret of Austria in Mechelen, Meit was a major proponent of Renaissance style, noted for his fusion of German realism and Italian idealism. His depictions of sensuous female nudes were much emulated. Lucretia, a beautiful and virtuous noblewoman of ancient Rome, committed suicide after being raped by the king's son, which set off the rebellion that established the Roman Republic. Her legend also inspired paintings by Meit's contemporaries Albrecht Dürer and Lucas Cranach.
possibly Eugen Felix (until 1886; his sale, J. M. Heberle, Cologne, October 25, 1886, no. 934, possibly this piece; sold for 48 marks); J. Pierpont Morgan (until 1917; to MMA)
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