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Honoré Victorin Daumier
Ancient History: The Handsome Narcissus (Histoire Ancienne: Le Beau Narcisse)
lithograph | newsprint
Gift of Mrs. John Alexander
Venus and Cupid are seen sitting in a chariot pulled by two swans that are embraced by two putti. Behind is a landscape with towns and houses.
Giulio di Antonio Bonasone
Landscape with Venus and Cupid Riding on a Car
1531 - 1574
etching and engraving | paper
Museum Purchase
Two figures are seen riding through the water in the foreground; the woman is nude save for an elaborate headdress, the man holds a tortoise shell as a shield and has an antler-like object on his head and has a serpent-like body which supports the woman. Behind is a minutely described landsape with walled town, castle, and along the opposite bank o the water, nude females swimming and a man running in alarm to the water's edge.
Albrecht Dürer
The Sea Monster
1493 - 1503
engraving | paper
Museum Purchase
A powerfully muscled nude man sits astride a fearsome sea creature. He grasps an oar in his left hand and the beast's reins in his right, while a cloth billows out behind him. A variety of humanoid creatures frolic in the seascape in the background.
Hendrick Goltzius
Oceanus (from a Series of 6 Mythological Figures)
1589 - 1590
chiaroscuro woodcut | laid paper
Museum Purchase
Perseus and Andromeda
pen, black ink and wash, heightened with white | grey paper
Gift through the Estate of Edward Sonnenschein
Giulio Romano
Standing Bacchus with Goat
16th century
pen and light brown ink | cream paper
Museum Purchase
A group of armed men struggles in a landscape while a helmeted female figure hovers on a cloud above them and points to a distant city that lies across an expanse of water.  A man at the left with a green cuirass and cloth knotted about his waist and neck stands apart from the combatants and looks up toward the gesturing woman. Behind him appears a row of sword-wielding men locked in combat, with several casualties lying at their feet. On a hillock in the background a pair of oxen, an orange-gold colored sheep, and a winged dragon may be discerned.

Jason Sowing the Dragon's Teeth
1557 - 1600
tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica) with underglaze painting
Gift of Dr. Cecile L. Fusfeld
This decorative image is organized along a vertical axis wtih fanciful creatures, grotesque heads, depictions of carved gems and harpies.
Agostino dei Musi
Upright Ornament with Bull and Satyrs
1515 - 1525
engraving | paper
Museum Purchase
Heinrich Aldegrever
Devils Taking the Rich Man to Hell, No. 4 from the Series of 5 Prints "Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus"
engraving | paper
Museum Purchase
Heinrich Aldegrever
The Labors of Hercules: The Labors of Hercules: Cerberus (one of the set of 13 p
engraving | paper
Museum Purchase
Heinrich Aldegrever
The Labors of Hercules: The Cerynean Hind (one of the set of 13 prints)
engraving | paper
Museum Purchase
Heinrich Aldegrever
The Labors of Hercules: The Pillars of Hercules (one of the set of 13 prints)
engraving | paper
Museum Purchase


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American Orientalist art at the turn of the 20th century
<p>America Encounters Asia in Art</p>

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