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Nymph of Fontainebleau

A work made of chiaroscuro woodcut in black, brown, and ocher on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of chiaroscuro woodcut in black, brown, and ocher on ivory laid paper.

Date:

after 1545

Artist:

Unknown artist
Netherlandish, 16th century

About this artwork

The Nymph of Fontainebleau appeared in several guises at King Francis I’s charming getaway outside of Paris. This chiaroscuro woodcut by an unknown artist refers to a bronze relief sculpture by the Italian Renaissance artist Benvenuto Cellini. Francis commissioned this sculpture of the mythological woodland creature to go over the main entryway to the château. While differently composed than the relief, this print retains the detail of the spilling water vase, the nymph’s languorous posture, and the plenitude of animals. Closely following the sculpture, the woodcut even places the antlered stag at dead center. This impression is one of only two known of this very rare print.

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Artist

Unknown

Title

Nymph of Fontainebleau

Origin

Netherlands

Date

1546–1600

Medium

Chiaroscuro woodcut in black, brown, and ocher on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

118 x 162 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Prints and Drawings Department Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1955.1068

Extended information about this artwork

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