The Naked Woman and the Dragon

A work made of engraving in black on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on cream laid paper.

Date:

1553

Artist:

Allaert Claesz
Netherlandish, c. 1500-1555

About this artwork

This enigmatic subject has never fully been explained. Unlike the princess in the Saint George roundel by Martin Schongauer (1956.887) on view in gallery 202a, this regal woman wards off the dragon with her scepter. In the vignette above, a stunned female entourage watches as she flies away on the beast’s back. The work’s large scale and perspectival background scene suggest it was intended as a design for a stained-glass window.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Master Allaert Claesz

Title

The Naked Woman and the Dragon

Origin

Holland

Date

1553

Medium

Engraving in black on cream laid paper

Dimensions

231 × 231 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1956.979

Extended information about this artwork

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