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Title :

Raphael at the tropics? : a carved ivory oliphant in the Musée de l'Homme

Author :
BASSANI, Ezio ;
Publication year :
1998
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
At the end of the 15th c. and for the first half of the 16th c., wealthy Portuguese patrons commissioned works of art, mainly in ivory, from craftsmen in Sierra Leone. The objects were destined for the kings and princes of Europe. The models for both form and decoration were supplied by the European visitors. An oliphant (Paris, Musée de l'Homme) shows not only the usual arms of the Portuguese royal family and hunting scenes, but also an Indian elephant. This image could have been provided only by the patron. A series of contemporary historical and iconographical comparisons suggests that the model given to the African carver, even if in indirect form, relates to a drawing by Raphael or his school, which depicted the famous Indian elephant Hanno, a gift from the King of Portugal to Pope Leo X in 1514. ;
Pagination/Size :
11 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Dessin ; Eléphant ; Italie ; Ivoire ; Olifant ; Paris (FRA), Musée de l'homme ; Raffaello Sanzio, 1483-1520 ; Représentation ; Sierra Leone ; Source ; Sources ; 1400-1600 ;
Descriptors :
Drawing ; Elephants ; Italy ; Ivories ; Oliphants ; Paris (FRA), Musée de l'homme ; Raffaello Sanzio, 1483-1520 ; Representation ; Sierra Leone ; Source ; Sources ; 1400-1600 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Journal of the history of collections, 1998, 10, 1
INIST identifier :
24999744 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0954-6650 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Oxford University Press, Oxford
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;