Artist Andrea Zoan, Italian, 1475-1505
Artist after Andrea Mantegna, Italian, 1431-1506
  • Ignorance and Mercury: An Allegory of Virtue and Vice
Date 16th century
Medium engraving in ink on laid paper
Dimensions Sheet (trimmed within platemark): 21 3/4 × 16 1/4 inches (55.2 × 41.3 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Mrs. James E. Scripps
Accession Number 09.1S19
Department Prints, Drawings & Photographs
Not On View
Marks Marked, watermark outlined in pencil, verso: [W-shaped anchor in circle with star above]
Inscriptions Inscribed, in plate, lower left edge of image, around figure/tree: VIRTVS | DESERTA
Inscribed, in plate, lower left: VIRTV | TI | .S.A.I.
Inscribed, in plate, center right edge: VIRTVS COMEVSTA
1892, sale of Heinrich Klemm & Theodore Grosse collections (Dresden, Germany).
Mrs. James E. Scripps [Harriet J.];
1909-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Hind, A. M. Early Italian Engraving. London: Bernard Quaritch Ltd., 1948, vol. 5, p. 27, no. 22 and vol. VI, pl. 520.