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.
- Master E.S.
- Ornament with Women Fighting
- Engraving on cream laid paper
- 95 x 136 mm (sheet trimmed within plate mark)
- Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection