Battle of the Nudes

Battle of the Nudes

Artist Antonio del Pollaiuolo

Date ca. 1465-70

Movement Italian Renaissance

Medium Engraving

Dimensions 15 x 23.25″

Housed at Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio

 

This work is the only surviving engraving of Pollaiuolo’s—here, he presents his mastery of the human anatomy with incredible detail; it is almost as if the skin of the warriors has ben shed to reveal the musculature below. This engraving was likely an advertisement displaying the artist’s skills—the inscription reads “The work of Antonio Pollaiuolo”. Though this scene is likely based off of an ancient classic, the exact text is not known.