Battle of the Naked Men

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

Date:

1470/75

Artist:

Antonio Pollaiuolo
Italian, 1433-1498

About this artwork

The 15th-century Florentine goldsmith, printer, and painter Antonio Pollaiuolo frequently posed figures in alternating views, possibly copying a sculpted model from several directions. The subject of this famous print—one of the earliest and largest Italian engravings—has never been fully understood, nor the specific battle identified. But Pollaiuolo may have based this work on a sculpture unearthed in Rome in 1488, the Statuary Group of Three Satyrs Fighting a Serpent. The pained expression of the nude on the ground at right closely resembles the fallen satyr, suggesting a direct quotation from sculpture into print.

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Artist

Antonio Pollaiuolo

Title

Battle of the Naked Men

Origin

Italy

Date

1470–1475

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

404 x 589 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Herbert F. Perkins

Reference Number

1938.260

Extended information about this artwork

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