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Faun Attacking a Snake

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

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

Date:

c. 1500

Artist:

School of Andrea Mantegna
Italian, 1431-1506

About this artwork

This engraving reproduces a pen-and-ink drawing by Andrea Mantegna, now preserved in the British Museum and dated to the period 1480/85. Because of the inscription, the subject has at times been identified as Hercules slaying the Hydra, but the pointed ears of the figure identify him as a faun. The inscription may actually refer to Ercole d’Este, Duke of Ferrara.

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Artist

School of Andrea Mantegna

Title

Faun Attacking a Snake

Origin

Italy

Date

1495–1505

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

292 × 183 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson

Reference Number

1937.291

Extended information about this artwork

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