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The Prison
  • Giorgio Ghisi
    born: Mantua, Marquisate of Mantua (present-day Italy) ; died: Mantua, Duchy of Mantua (present-day Italy)
    Giulio Romano
    born: Rome, Italy ; died: Mantua, Italy
  • The Prison, mid-late 1500s
  • Where object was made: Italy
  • engraving
  • Paper Type: laid
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 280 x 421 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 11 x 16 9/16 in
    Mat Dimensions: 20 x 25 in
  • Museum purchase: Letha Churchill Walker Memorial Art Fund
  • Not on display
  • 1984.0160
Catalogue raisonné

A dungeon with prisoners in tortured confinement. There are six men in the foreground bound with chains and blocks. The man in the bottom right corner has his body under the floor with only his head and hands showing. There are five men in th background next to a stone wall with a barred window. One man is outside the window looking at two inside.