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.
Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- School of Tommaso Finiguerra
- Two Warriors, One with a Winged Genie on His Helmet
- Engraving in black on ivory laid paper
- 37 × 51 mm
- Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.