About the Artwork

One of Raphael's most talented assistants, Giulio Romano left Rome in 1524 to work for Federigo Gonzaga, ruler of Mantua. Romano's paintings contributed to the spread of Roman mannerism, a style which set the artistic standard for the next two decades in Italy. This painting illustrates the sophisticated and obscure symbols that were familiar to the courts of sixteenth-century Italy; to decipher the meanings of the various segments was a challenging game for courtiers. The most easily understood symbols are the phoenix rising out of the flames (a symbol of rebirth) and the serpent devouring its own tail (representing eternity).

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About Our Prints

DIA Custom Prints offers exclusive custom reproductions of artworks in the collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Hand-made in the USA using gallery-quality materials, we create prints as true to the original work as possible, using strict color management protocols and state-of-the-art printing technology.
Many of the works offered through this store are exclusive and not available anywhere else. We are continually adding new artworks to our offering, so be sure to check back regularly as you build your own gallery. A variety of molding styles means our custom framed prints can match any type of decor.

Member Discounts

DIA Members will receive their 10% discount for all DIA Custom Prints purchases. If you are Member, enter the email address associated with your membership when you check out; once your Membership has been validated, your discount will be applied. Member discounts cannot be combined with other offers.