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Allegory of Birth
  • Giorgio Ghisi, artist
    born: Mantua, Marquisate of Mantua (present-day Italy) ; died: Mantua, Duchy of Mantua (present-day Italy)
    Giulio Romano
    born: Rome, Italy ; died: Mantua, Italy
  • Allegory of Birth, 1558
  • Where object was made: Italy
  • engraving
  • Paper Type: laid
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 276 x 417 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 10 7/8 x 16 3/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 20 x 25 in
  • Museum purchase
  • Not on display
  • 1968.0022
Catalogue raisonné

When giving birth to Memnon, three ladies in waiting, one bare breasted woman receives the body from the two angels or putti. Lower left a woman blows on a torch. Upper left a woman on horse drawn chariot (possibly Aurora).