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Allegory of Envy

Print in black ink of five nude people in an outdoor rural setting. An older woman with a wrinkled face and sagging breasts faces the viewer at center, her gaze cast downward. She is flanked by two younger couples: one on the left in a seated embrace and another on the right in a standing embrace. A cupid at bottom left looks on.
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  • Print in black ink of five nude people in an outdoor rural setting. An older woman with a wrinkled face and sagging breasts faces the viewer at center, her gaze cast downward. She is flanked by two younger couples: one on the left in a seated embrace and another on the right in a standing embrace. A cupid at bottom left looks on.

Date:

c. 1505

Artist:

Cristofano Robetta
Italian, 1462-c. 1535

About this artwork

Flanked by younger couples entwined in erotic poses, an unaccompanied older woman appears to scowl. It is unclear whether the central figure, traditionally identified with envy, is the one experiencing the feeling or merely a visual symbol of it. Secular allegorical subjects were popular with Renaissance printmakers, especially in Italy. In this case, the Florentine engraver Cristofano Robetta copied German prints by Albrecht Dürer for the landscape in the background.

Status

On View, Gallery 204

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Cristofano Robetta

Title

Allegory of Envy

Origin

Italy

Date

1500–1510

Medium

Engraving on paper

Dimensions

233 × 180 mm

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1956.1044

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