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Production People
Antonio Pollaiuolo (Print made by)artist bio
Pollaiuolo, Antonio (di Jacopo d’Antonio Benci del)
b Florence, c. 1432; d Rome, ?4 Feb 1498
Title / Description
Battle of the Nudes
 
Date
c. 1470-75
 
Technique
engraving
Material
paper
Dimensions
407 x 590 mm (sheet, trimmed)
Inscriptions
Signed and inscribed on a tablet hanging from a tree at left: '.OPVS./.ANTONII.POLL/IOLO.FLORENT/TINI'
State
second state of two
 
Watermark
illegible, h: ?, w: ?
Provenance
Nikolaus Esterházy (not stamped)
 
References
Bartsch XIII.202.2 info
Adam Bartsch, Le peintre-graveur, vols. 21, Vienna 1803-21

Hind I.191.1 info
Arthur Mayger Hind, Early Italian Engraving: A Critical Catalogue with Complete Reproduction of All the Prints Described, vols. 1-4 (part 1, Florentine Engravings and Anonymous Prints of Other Schools), London 1938; vols. 5-7 (part 2, Known Masters Other Than Florentines, Monogrammists and Anonymous), London 1948

Levenson, Oberhuber, and Sheehan 1973, no. 13 info
Jay A. Levenson, Konrad Oberhuber, and Jacquelyn L. Sheehan, Early Italian Engravings from the National Gallery of Art, exhibition catalogue, Washington, National Gallery of Art 1973

Zucker in TIB 1984, 2501.001.S2 (second state of two) info
Mark J. Zucker, Early Italian Masters, The Illustrated Bartsch, vol. 25, Part 2 (Commentary), New York 1984

Matile 1998, no. 21 (second state of two) info
Michael Matile, Frühe Italienische Druckgrafik 1460-1530, Bestandskatalog der Graphische Sammlung der ETH, Zürich, Basel 1998
 
Comment
A unique first impression of the print is in the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland; see Shelley Langdale, Battle of the Nudes: Pollaiuolo's Renaissance Masterpiece, exhibition catalogue, Cleveland, The Cleveland Museum of Art 2002. The Budapest impression is undoubtedly a later but fine example of the second state. For Pollaiuolo's workshop, see Louis A. Waldman, The Donation of Antonio del Pollaiuolo's Workshop to Salvestro del Pollaiuolo, Burlington Magazine 148 (2007), pp. 471-72.
 
Inventory Number
25094
 
Classification
Prints: Italian: 15th century: Mounted III
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