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Allegory of Carnal Love

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:

c. 1530

Artist:

Cristofano Robetta
Italian, 1462-c.1535

About this artwork

Cristofano Robetta’s Allegory of Carnal Love depicts a scene of love and death in a friezelike composition, with two pairs of lovers in a triangle-like formation with a putto at each point. Standing at the far left of the scene is an enigmatic divine figure drawing in the bodies of the lovers closest to him with his sash. Is he, like the skull underfoot, a symbol of death, reminding the viewer of what lies in store?

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Artist

Cristofano Robetta

Title

Allegory of Carnal Love

Origin

Italy

Date

1525–1535

Medium

Engraving on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

302 × 208 mm

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1956.1043

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