Description The intaglio depicted here was carved by Guay during a visit to Rome. The priestly figure comes from a relief at the Vatican, but the Greek inscription, which is actually meaningless, was invented by Guay to make the gem look like an antique. The re-imagination of the carved stone in the medium of etching inflates the figure’s muscles and loosens the folds of his robe, infusing him with life. The velvety handling of the print contrasts with the austere lines of the carved gemstone.
- Madame de Pompadour, Patron and Printmaker. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2016.
Provenance Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour, ca. 1755. Purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1895; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1895
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