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Polish Horseman

A work made of etching in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

c. 1651

Artist:

Stefano della Bella
Italian, 1610-1664

About this artwork

The Polish winged hussars were the most feared cavalry unit in mid-17th-century Europe. They charged directly at the opposing army in tight formation at full speed, splintering the enemy’s ranks. Constructed out of brightly colored ostrich, goose, or swan feathers and affixed via a wooden arch to the horseman’s back, the wings also created tremendous noise. The clatter and hiss of a legion of these riders thundering down frightened horse and foot soldier alike, and enemies of Poland sometimes surrendered on sight.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Stefano della Bella

Title

Polish Horseman

Origin

Italy

Date

1646–1656

Medium

Etching in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

190 × 190 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Mr. and Mrs. George B. Young and Prints and Drawings Purchase Account

Reference Number

1982.55

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