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Allegory of Carnal Love

Cristofano Robetta (AKA Critoforo di Michele Robetta), Italian, (1462–ca. 1522)

Creation date: ca. 1490
Creation place: Italy

Other Information

Type: Engraving
Medium and Support: Engraving
Credit Line: Gift of George C. Kenney II and Olga Kitsakos-Kenney
Accession Number: 1999.22
State/Province: Florence
Dimensions: 11 7/8 x 11 in. (30.16 x 27.94 cm)


George C. Kenney II, La Jolla, California ( - December 29, 1999)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (December 29, 1999 - )

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Cristofano Robetta
Italian • 1462–1535
Allegory of Carnal Love
Engraving • ca. 1490
Warning of the danger of carnal desire in the absence of
divine love, the putti (small angels) offer poppies and a
skull to the mortal lovers. The flowers refer to the ill-fated
Adonis and Mekon, who had rejected the heavenly love of
Venus and Ceres, respectively. For a Christian audience, the
parallel to God’s love would have been immediately clear.
Gift of George C. Kenney II and Olga Kitsakos-Kenney, 1999.22
Last Updated: 5/12/2015


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Divine Desire: Printmaking, Mythology, and the Birth of the Baroque , 3/28/2015 - 6/30/2015


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Michael Brown, PhD and Niria E. Leyva-Gutiérrez. Divine Desire. Printmaking, Mythology, and the Birth of the Baroque San Diego Museum of Art, The. SOS Printing, 2015

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