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Artists

Luca Penni (ca. 1500-1504 – 1577); Giorgio Ghisi (Mantua, Italy, 1520 - 1582, Mantua, Italy)

Title

Allegory of Life

Creation Date

1561

Century

16th century

Dimensions

14 3/4 in. x 21 1/4 in. (37.5 cm. x 54 cm.)

Object Type

print

Creation Place

Europe, Italy

Medium and Support

engraving on paper

Credit Line

Gift of Leo Steinberg

Copyright

Public Domain

Accession Number

1996.88

Object Description

Complex compostion with a bearded old man leaning against the truck of a tree (left side) at the edge of a river upon which a boat has foundered; the river and shore are filled with a variety of monsters and animals. Across the river (right side) a crowned woman appears to be walking towards the left, holding a staff or arrow in her left hand, her right hand straight forward against a palm tree.

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