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The Battle of the Amazons

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.




Enea Vico
Italian, 1523-1567

About this artwork

Renaissance Italian printmaker Enea Vico specialized in ancient history scenes, illustrations of medals, and classically inspired decorations. This shield-like engraving captures the fervor of battle waged by the mythical race of Amazons, warrior women who lived in a male-free society and cut off their left breasts as a sign of bravery. Enea Vico did not demonstrate this anatomical peculiarity, but neither did the ancient Greek sculptures he likely consulted to create the work.


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Enea Vico


The Battle of the Amazons


Italy (Artist's nationality)

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Engraving in black on ivory laid paper


20.9 × 28 cm (8 1/4 × 11 1/16 in.)

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Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. Woods Endowment

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