Orpheus and Eurydice

Agostino Carracci

Agostino Carracci - Orpheus and Eurydice
This engraving comes from a series of prints known as Lascivie. All fifteen plates from this collection, whose themes derive from ancient mythology and the Old Testament, were related through their distinctive erotic charge. According to period records, the print series aggravated Pope Clement VIII, who reproached Agostino for a lack of decency. Similar collections with erotic subject matter were by no means rare in their day. Among the most famous such works were prints by Marcantonio Raimondi, Hans Sebald Beham and Hendrik Aldegrever.
measurements: height 149 mm
width 105 mm
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material: paper
technique: engraving
inventory number: R 42720
gallery collection: Collection of Prints and Drawings