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Diogenes

After
Parmigianino (Francesco Mazzola), Italian, 1503–1540
Artist
Ugo da Carpi, Italian, active c.1502–1532
Date
c.1527–30
Material
Chiaroscuro woodcut
Printed in
Italy, Europe
Classification
Prints
Current Location
Not on view
Dimensions
image: 19 in. x 13 7/8 in. (48.3 x 35.2 cm)
sheet (trimmed to image): 19 in. x 13 7/8 in. (48.3 x 35.2 cm)
framed: 29 1/8 x 23 1/8 in. (74 x 58.7 cm)
Credit Line
The Sidney S. and Sadie Cohen Print Purchase Fund
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
23:1984
NOTES
This remarkable woodcut by Ugo da Carpi presents the fourth-century B.C. philosopher Diogenes in a spiraling, muscular pose. Having relinquished all earthly goods, Diogenes is seated naked and immersed in thought with his few possessions: three books, a wooden tub, and a cloak. The plucked chicken at right also appears as an attribute, since Diogenes had mocked Plato's definition of man as a featherless biped. Ugo da Carpi introduced to Italy the chiaroscuro woodcut, which was developed to suggest the effect of a tonal drawing. He produced this print from four interdependent woodblocks that form a composition when printed together.
- 1984
Artemis Fine Arts Limited, London, England

1984 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Artemis Fine Arts Limited [1]


Notes:
[1] Minutes of the Acquisitions and Loans Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, May 7, 1984.
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