Panel of Ornament with Acanthus and a Swan
33.4 cm x 22 cm (13 1/8 in. x 8 11/16 in.)
Agostino dei Musi, called Veneziano
(Venice, circa 1490 - after 1536, Rome)
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Archer M. Huntington Museum Fund, by exchange, 1999
This is one of Agostino Veneziano’s greatest achievements and probably the single finest High Renaissance print of ornament. It offers a lyrical interpretation of the inhabited acanthus that is carved on the exterior of the Ara Pacis, the monumental altar of imperial peace built for Augustus in 13-9 B.C. and rediscovered in the early 16th century. This impression is one of the earliest and perhaps the most subtle in its exceptional clarity and silvery tonality.