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Maker(s):Testa, Pietro
Culture:Italian (Lucca 1611/12-Rome1650)
Title:The Symposium (also called "Socrates at the table with his friends"; "The Seven Sages of Greece"; "The Drunken Alcibiades Interrupting the Symposium")
Date Made:1648
Materials:Engraving, black ink on ivory paper
Place Made:Europe; Italy
Measurements:mat: 16 in x 22 in; 40.64 cm x 55.88 cm; sheet: 10 in x 14 3/4 in; 25.4 cm x 37.465 cm
Narrative Inscription:  Obverse of image: upp. l. (printed in black ink): Vina, dapes onerant / animos Sapientia / nutrit. Obverse of sheet: lwr. l. (printed in black ink): Ilustrissimo, atque Ormatiss. D.D. FABRITO CELLESIO. Equiti S. Stephani / In symposio de Amore disserentes, te Virtutis amantem, uocant Conuiam. / Ars mea nuta est; tuas recitabit laudes, siue Socrates, siue Alcibiades, Vale. / T.D. Additissimus Petrus Testa, 1648. Reverse: lwr. l. (in brown ink): 2 (?)
Accession Number:  MH 2008.4.1
Credit Line:Purchase with the John Martyn Warbeke Art Fund
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Black and white composition with a group of figures seated at a table at center of the foreground, with a standing nude male figure at left displaying a laurel wreath and two other standing figures at right. Architecture, trees, and statuary in the background.

statues; male; nudes; sitting

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