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Combats and Triumphs: 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.




Etienne Delaune
French, 1518/19-c.1583

About this artwork

In this delicately rendered engraving by Etienne Delaune, violence is often undercut by humorous moments. In the Battle of the Naked Men, one of the combatants bites into the leg of his enemy as if it is a sandwich. Delaune distinguished between combatants in the Battle of the Naked Men by giving one side New World adornments, adding a touch of the exotic to an otherwise traditional scene. The fine lines of the engraving allowed the artist to create quite a bit of detail on a small scale; even the overturned wine jug is decorated.


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Étienne Delaune


Combats and Triumphs: Battle of the Naked Men


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Artist's working dates 1540–1583


Engraving on ivory laid paper


6.5 × 22 cm (2 9/16 × 8 11/16 in.)

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The Charles Deering Collection

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