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Lion, Dragon and Fox

A work made of engraving on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1520/30

Artist:

Jean de Gourmont (French, 1506-1551)
after Marco Dente da Ravenna (Italian, about 1486–1527)

About this artwork

Based on a lost drawing by Leonardo da Vinci, this oval allegory of battling mythical beasts was translated into several different engravings by Italian Renaissance artists as well as by Jean de Gourmont. The banner above the three animals reads “Ergo,” literally meaning “therefore,” a term whose broader significance within this setting is unknown. The print may be a civic political emblem of the lion of Venice attacking the Milan dragon, with an unaffiliated fox as onlooker.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Jean de Gourmont

Title

Lion, Dragon and Fox

Origin

France

Date

Artist's working dates 1520–1551

Medium

Engraving on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

113 × 158 (plate); 114 × 161 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

William McCallin McKee Memorial Endowment

Reference Number

1941.1041

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