Four Dancing Muses

Premier Engraverca. 1497

Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University

Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University


  • Title: Four Dancing Muses
  • Creator: Premier Engraver
  • Date Created: ca. 1497
  • Object Type: Prints, works of art
  • Object Link: See this artwork on the Davison Art Center website
  • Object Credit Line: Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University. Gift of George W. Davison (B.A. Wesleyan 1892), 1940
  • Materials & Techniques: Engraving on laid paper. Watermark: Possibly a small shield, bent out of shape (difficult to decipher)
  • Keywords: dance, dancers, nudes
  • Image Credit Line: Open Access Image from the Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University (http://www.wesleyan.edu/dac/openaccess)
  • Dimensions: Sheet dimensions: 244 mm x 339 mm (9.61 in. x 13.35 in.).
  • Bibliography: Bartsch 18 (vol. 13, p. 305) as attributed to Zoan Andrea (Italian, flourished 1475–1505); Borenius 14 as School of Mantegna; Hind 21 (vol. 5, p. 27), plate 519 as School of Mantegna; see Lambert, The Image Multiplied, numbers 27a-c. Landau believes Premier Engraver was Giovanni Antonio da Brescia (active 1490 – ca. 1520). “Both Borenius and Hind consider that this engraving may be by Giovanni Antonio da Brescia. It is based on four of the dancing nymphs in Mantegna’s painting ‘Parnassus,’ ca. 1497 (Louvre). Only nine impressions are recorded by Hind, including the present example” [quotation source unrecorded].
  • Associated People: Created by Premier Engraver (Italian, active 1495–1497), After Andrea Mantegna (Italian, ca. 1431 - 1506)
  • Accession Number: 1940.D1.8