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Battle of the Naked Men

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

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  • A work made of engraving on ivory laid paper.




Domenico Campagnola
Italian, c. 1500-1564

About this artwork

In this battle scene, the landscape is just as important as the context. Deep shading created by the harsh, crosshatched lines reiterates the tumult of the battle. The sketchy engraving style of Domenico Campagnola underlines the vigorous and impulsive nature of his figures. Body proportions are distorted in order to connote pain. Even the barking dog at the lower left has an inaccurately elongated torso, a statement about the distress nature experiences during human conflict. This engraving is one of the artist’s largest.


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Domenico Campagnola


Battle of the Naked Men


Made 1517


Engraving on ivory laid paper


220 × 230 mm

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

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