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Combat

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

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  • A work made of engraving on cream laid paper.

Date:

1620/50

Artist:

Antoine Jacquard
French, active 1620-1650

About this artwork

The very small scale and closely trimmed oval shape of this decorative engraving invite close looking. The nude wrestlers onstage in the middle of the scene have discarded their clothing, leaving it in a pile in the foreground. Watching from the sidelines are soldiers in classical armor and nobles wearing the fashionable high ruff of the early 17th century. The central action of the wrestlers is charged with homoeroticism; the two naked men grapple in a tight embrace as each struggles for dominance. This engraving originally belonged to a larger sheet with Antoine Jacquard’s signature and two decorative friezes.

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Artist

Antoine Jacquard

Title

Combat

Origin

France

Date

1620–1650

Medium

Engraving on cream laid paper

Dimensions

62 × 52 mm (image/sheet, trimmed within plate mark)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. Potter Palmer, II

Reference Number

1937.180

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