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Combat of Centaurs and Lapiths

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 Combat of the Lapiths and Centaurs, some of the centaurs use cups and candlesticks for weapons. The fine lines of the engraving allowed the artist to create quite a bit of detail on a small scale.


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Étienne Delaune


Combat of Centaurs and Lapiths


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Artist's working dates 1540–1583


Engraving on ivory laid paper


Image/plate: 6.7 × 22.1 cm (2 11/16 × 8 3/4 in.); Sheet: 36.1 × 26.6 cm (14 1/4 × 10 1/2 in.)

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The Charles Deering Collection

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