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Ornament with Women Fighting

A work made of engraving on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving on cream laid paper.


c. 1460


Master E. S.
German, active c. 1450-1467

About this artwork

Master E. S., perhaps the most significant Northern printmaker working prior to Martin Schongauer, popularized this type of ornamental motif, which was widely used as a decorative model for later artists. This particular image depicts five naked women entangled in a mass of vines and leaves, fighting over undergarments to cover their exposed bodies. The comical subject reflects a sort of grotesque humor often found in engravings by Master E. S., especially his Fantastic Alphabet.


On View, Gallery 202


Prints and Drawings


Master E.S.


Ornament with Women Fighting


Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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Engraving on cream laid paper


Sheet trimmed within platemark: 9.5 × 13.6 cm (3 3/4 × 5 3/8 in.)

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Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

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