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Poets, Lovers, and Heroes in Italian Mythological Prints



Hercules and Antaeus, ca. 1490s • "Premier Engraver" after Andrea Mantegna (Italian, 1431–1506) • Engraving, outlines pricked for transfer; sheet 13 9/16 x 9 3/4 in. (34.5 x 24.8 cm) • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York • Rogers Fund, 1918 (18.65.3)  •   • Photo courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Hercules and Antaeus, ca. 1490s "Premier Engraver" after Andrea Mantegna (Italian, 14311506)
Engraving, outlines pricked for transfer; sheet 13 9/16 x 9 3/4 in. (34.5 x 24.8 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Rogers Fund, 1918 (18.65.3)

Photo courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Poets, Lovers, and Heroes in Italian Mythological Prints
UNITED STATES
NEW YORK  •  Metropolitan Museum of Art  •  Ongoing
 
During the late 15th century, while humanist scholars focused on the classical literature of Rome and Greece, Italian printmakers explored mythological subjects in their art work, often producing original compositions based on classic tales.

Printmaking revolutionized artistic production in the fifteenth century by allowing artists to create numerous impressions from a single matrix and distribute their work to a wider audience then ever before. Italian artists from Mantegna to Canova embraced the medium, focusing their efforts largely on depictions of scenes from Greek and Roman mythology. A new exhibition exploring the Italian passion for mythological prints that started in the Renaissance and lasted into the early decades of the nineteenth century is on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Drawn from the Metropolitan Museum's collections, Poets, Lovers, and Heroes in Italian Mythological Prints showcases more than 100 woodcuts, engravings, and etchings, as well as illustrated books, by such artists as Jacopo de' Barbari, Marcantonio Raimondi, Ugo da Carpi, Agostino and Annibale Carracci, Salvator Rosa, and Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, among others.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art


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