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Culture
Italy, 15th century
Title
Battle of the Nudes
Work Type
Print
Date
1470s-1480s
Material
engraving
Measurements
Sheet: 42.4 x 60.9 cm (16 11/16 x 24 in.); Platemark: 42 x 60.4 cm (16 9/16 x 23 3/4 in.)
Description
This engraving is one of the earliest Renaissance prints to portray the nude male body in action. Pollaiuolo’s grimacing warriors appear like clones in different poses. The print may have functioned as a model for workshop apprentices studying human anatomy while learning to draw; however, the artist’s Latin signature suggests it also had an audience educated in literature. Art historians remain uncertain whether Pollaiuolo intended to depict a particular story or historical event. It is possible he created a deliberately ambiguous allegory that would appeal to patrons interested in interpreting symbols. For example, the continuous chain shared by the two central men could refer to an ancient idea that the body is the chain of the soul, only to be released in death.
Repository
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Collection: PR - Engraving
Department: Prints
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Accession Number
Related Item
Hind I,191,D.I.1 ; Bartsch XIII.202.2
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
1967.127_full.tif
SSID
24612064

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