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.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- 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)
- Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.