John Mortimer

Jealous monster

Jealous monster by John Mortimer

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In the 16th century Vasari had railed against the new barbarous fashion of covering walls with monsters which were a gross violation of natural forms and proportions, instead of the 'bright reflection of the world of objects'. The fashion continued, however, evolving over time. Salvator Rosa also had a predilection for bizarre and grotesque subjects. Mortimer strongly admired his depictions of Tritons Fighting, which were a partial source for the fifteen etchings on the theme of banditti and monsters which Mortimer issued in 1778, the year before he died. (Monsters and Maidens, 2004)

Title
Jealous monster
Artist/creator
Production date
1778
Medium
etching
Dimensions
280 x 180 mm
Inscription
(within image) M (LL). (below image) JEALOUS MONSTER (LC) Published Decr 8 1778 by I Mortimer (LR).
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1982
Accession no
1982/39/1
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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