Ornament with Arabesques

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Daniel Hopfer, I
German, 1470-1536

Ornament with Arabesques, 1526/30, printed 1684

Etching in black on ivory laid paper
258 x 189 mm (image/plate); 268 x 199 mm (sheet)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr., 1937.79

Metzger 109 III/III; Bartsch 96; Funck 64 Funck; Hollstein 107

This playfully grotesque ornament represents a candalabra-like concoction that is reflected on a vertical axis, with slight differences in the fantastic creatures on either side. The “64” scratched into the plate at lower left marks this impression as a later one, published in a compiled edition of Hopfer’s prints in 1684.