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Apollo Slaying Python, plate one from The History of Apollo and Daphne

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

c. 1532

Artist:

Master of the Die (Italian, active c. 1530-1560)
after Baldassare Peruzzi (Italian, 1481-1536)

About this artwork

The alteration to this impression is not initially evident, but closer inspection reveals that this predominantly nude Apollo is missing his genitalia. A viewer deliberately scraped away the ink at the god’s crotch in a campaign of extremely localized censorship. Given how modestly Apollo was originally endowed, this change does not significantly alter the image overall. Rather, the god’s sizable arrow quiver dangles more provocatively between his legs than his own penis ever did. The objecting viewer, apparently lacking a grasp of age-old visual puns, may not have realized that, with his alteration, the visual emphasis merely shifted to this larger and more obvious phallus substitute.

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Artist

Master of the Die

Title

Apollo Slaying Python, plate one from The History of Apollo and Daphne

Origin

Italy

Date

1527–1537

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

218 x 176 mm (image plate); 26 x 176 mm (text plate); 240 x 176 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Wallace L. DeWolf and Joseph Brooks Fair Collections

Reference Number

1920.2327

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