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Ornament Panel with Mars, God of Battles

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

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  • A work made of engraving on ivory laid paper.


c. 1507


Nicoletto da Modena
Italian, active c. 1500–c. 1520

About this artwork

This ornamental image consisting of loosely connected motifs is part of a series of four grotteschi. The grotesque style became popular in Rome in the late 15th century. Its name comes from the word grotto, used to describe the wall decorations on the Golden House of the Roman emperor Nero, which had only recently been rediscovered underground. This work combines symbols of warfare and triumph. Mars, the Roman god of war, is crowned with wreaths by winged Victories. Captives, armor, and satyrs also decorate the sheet.


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Nicoletto da Modena


Ornament Panel with Mars, God of Battles




Made 1502–1512


Engraving on ivory laid paper


264 × 128 mm (image/plate); 265 × 133 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

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