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Melencolia I
Melencolia I
Date:
16th century
Location:
Not on display
Century:
Media:
Engraving
Dimensions:
23.9 x 18.8 cm (image)
Department:
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
Europe
Accession Number:
1988.1.194
Acquisition Date:
1989-01-12
Credit Line:

Gift of Aldis Browne Fine Arts in memory of Charles Leeds

In an enigmatic setting replete with mystical objects an angel sits, head on her hand, in the company of a putti and a sleeping dog.

Sad winged figure (angel) seated head in hand gazing mournfully. Tools of carpentry and masonry near feet. Closed book and calipers in the folds of the long gown. A serious cherub perched on a column quietly writes on a tablet. A large half-cut block of masonry sits nearby untouched. Depressed dog sleeps. Scales, bell, hourglass hang nearby. As the sun sets behind a rainbow bat-like creature flies by with a banner inscribed Melencolia 1. Melancholy. Nails, hammer, ladder.