Art and Art History Collection (Saskia)

Et in Arcadia Ego

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Saskia, Ltd., Cultural Documentation

Abstract

'Et in Arcadia ego' is a phrase coined by Virgil and used in 17th century Italy expressing, in an elliptical way, the humanistic sentiment: Even in Arcadia I (i.e. Death) am to be found. That is to say, even the escapist, pastoral world of Arcady is no refuge from death. The words feature in paintings from that time inscribed on monumental stonework, especially a tomb, which stands in rural surroundings. The earliest representation of the theme by Guercino (Galleria Corsini, Rome) shows two shepherds coming unexpectedly upon a skull - the typical memento mori - that lies on a piece of fallen masonry bearing the words 'Et in Arcadia ego'.

Keywords

Paris, France, Style: French Baroque, School: Baroque, Movement: Baroque, French, Painting;, Painting

Subject: topical

Style: French Baroque; School: Baroque; Movement: Baroque; French; Painting;

Subject: geographic

Paris, France

Time Period

1637-39

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Genre

Painting; picture

Holding Location

University of South Florida USF

Collection

Art and Art History (Saskia)

Identifier

A01-MFF0024

Et in Arcadia Ego

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