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Item Details
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Culture
Italy, 16th century
Title
The Triumph of Julius Caesar: Elephants Carrying Torches
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Work Type
Print
Date
1593-99
Material
chiaroscuro woodcut
Description
Commissioned by Duke Vincenzo Gonzaga, this series of chiaroscuro woodcuts reproduces Andrea Mantegna’s Triumph of Julius Caesar, painted a century earlier. The scenes imaginatively portray the triumphal procession of the renowned Roman general and consul Julius Caesar following his successful defeat of Gaul in 52 BC. Each section of the continuous frieze shows elements typical of these parades, sanctioned by the Roman Senate and described in ancient texts. The printed suite’s frontispiece features a portrait bust of Mantegna, and the text below boasts that the famous paintings attracted many viewers. People who owned sets of these woodcuts often tacked them up to create a decorative frieze. Andreani issued the prints with a sheet of classical columns that could be cut out and placed between the scenes. Two fragments of these columns, colored orange, still flank the fourth scene.
Repository
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Collection: PR - Chiaroscuro
Department: Prints
Dudley P. Allen Fund
Accession Number
Related Item
Bartsch XII.101.11 # 5 of a set of 9 (p.102)
Source
Image and original data from The Cleveland Museum of Art
License
Use of this image is in accordance with the Artstor Terms & Conditions
File Properties
File Name
1930.583.6_full.tif
SSID
24585675

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