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Battle of the Sea Gods: Right Half of a Frieze

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper, discolored to grayish brown.
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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper, discolored to grayish brown.

Date:

1470/1500

Artist:

Andrea Mantegna
Italian, 1431-1506

About this artwork

Andrea Mantegna’s Battle of the Sea Gods may be the first print with a unified composition occupying more than one sheet. Unlike the Andrea Andreani Triumph of Caesar (1926.452.2–9) and the engravings after the same Mantegna paintings by his own workshop, this mythological frieze has only one seam and no disguising columns. Albrecht Dürer drew a copy of the right half of the frieze in 1494, already establishing the seminal importance of the work in the Renaissance.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Andrea Mantegna

Title

Battle of the Sea Gods: Right Half of a Frieze

Origin

Italy

Date

1470–1500

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper, discolored to grayish brown

Dimensions

281 × 394 mm (image/sheet); composite approx. 283 × 809 mm

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1956.1013

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