Two Warriors, One with a Winged Genie on His Helmet

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:

1475/1500

Artist:

School of Maso Finiguerra
Italian, 1426-1464

About this artwork

This tiny print of fantastically helmeted warriors may have been pulled as a test proof from a plate engraved as a niello, a small precious-metal plate with lines meant to be filled in and heightened with a black enamel-like substance to increase the contrast with the surrounding metal. Prints like this one were sometimes made to record completed designs, and the process is similar to the decorative blackening of parade armor (as in the greave displayed nearby). Very few niello prints survive, as they were part of the process of making metalwork and were never produced in larger numbers.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

School of Tommaso Finiguerra

Title

Two Warriors, One with a Winged Genie on His Helmet

Origin

Italy

Date

1475–1500

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

37 × 51 mm

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1956.989

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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