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Title

The sacrifice of Iphigenia

1640-1642


Artist

Pietro Testa

Italy

1612 - 1650


About

To allow the Greek ships to continue the crossing to Troy, Agamemnon ordered the sacrifice to the goddess Diana of his daughter Iphigenia. Moved to pity, the goddess cast a cloud over the assembled company, substituting a deer and transporting Iphigenia to the land of the Taurians, far away from Greece, where she became a priestess.


Details


Date

1640-1642


Media category

Print


Materials used

etching


Dimensions

37.5 x 46.0 cm sheet (irreg.)


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1979


Location

Not on display


Accession number

227.1979


Artist information

Pietro Testa

Works in the collection

2


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Nicholas Draffin, Piety and Paganism, Sydney, 1991, 11. no catalogue numbers

Peter Raissis, Mantegna to Piranesi - Italian old master prints from the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1998, 8. no catalogue numbers