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Diogenes

A work made of chiaroscuro woodcut from three blocks on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of chiaroscuro woodcut from three blocks on ivory laid paper.

Date:

before 1527

Artist:

Ugo da Carpi (Italian, c. 1480-1535)
or after Parmigianino (Italian, 1503-1540)

About this artwork

Renowned as one of the best prints of the sixteenth century, this masterpiece by the great woodcut artist not only reveals his absorption of Roman High Renaissance art but also paves the way for the dynamism of the Baroque. Diogenes, a fourth century B.C. Greek philosopher, chose the hardship of dwelling in a wooden tub, seen in the background. The plucked rooster reflects his ridicule of his contemporary, Plato, who defined man as a featherless biped.

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Artist

Ugo da Carpi

Title

Diogenes

Origin

Italy

Date

1520–1530

Medium

Chiaroscuro woodcut from three blocks on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

460 × 341 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Guy H. Mitchell

Reference Number

1932.1280

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