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Battering Rams from De re militari (Concerning Military Matters), Plate 45 from Woodcuts from Books of the 15th Century

A work made of woodcut in black, and letterpress in black (recto and verso), on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of woodcut in black, and letterpress in black (recto and verso), on cream laid paper.

Date:

1472, portfolio assembled 1929

Artist:

Matteo de’ Pasti (Italian, c. 1420-1467/68)
printed and published by Johannes Nicolai de Verona (Italian, c. 1405–1475)
original text by Robertus Valturius (Italian, 1405–1475)
portfolio text by Wilhelm Ludwig Schreiber (German, 1855–1932)

About this artwork

This woodcut was taken from Roberto Valturio’s De re militari (Concerning Military Matters), a 12-volume series of books on military practices. While most of the techniques described were innovations of the Roman Empire, they were still essential to medieval and Renaissance warfare. De re militari was the second illustrated book to be printed in Italy, and its text and woodcuts were printed independently. The initial letters were also left unprinted and were intended to be added later by the miniaturists formerly responsible for manually writing entire manuscripts. In 1929, this leaf was recompiled into a portfolio of prints called Woodcuts from Books in the 15th Century, with a historical survey by W. L. Schreiber.

Status

On View, Gallery 204

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Matteo de'Pasti

Title

Battering Rams from De re militari (Concerning Military Matters), Plate 45 from Woodcuts from Books of the 15th Century

Place

Italy (Object made in)

Date

Original 1472

Medium

Woodcut in black, and letterpress in black (recto and verso), on cream laid paper

Inscriptions

Inscribed recto upper left, in pen and brown ink: “3\80.”; center left, in pen and brown ink: “n”

Dimensions

310 × 223 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Print Sales Miscellaneous Fund

Reference Number

1938.86.45

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