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The Battle around the Shield and Lance

Etching of a dense group of plume-helmeted soldiers on foot and horseback engaged in battle.
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  • Etching of a dense group of plume-helmeted soldiers on foot and horseback engaged in battle.

Date:

c. 1527

Artist:

Giovanni Jacopo Caraglio (Italian, 1500/05–1565)
after Raffaello Sanzio, called Raphael (Italian, 1483-1520)

About this artwork

Amidst the chaos of battle, a shield and lance rest quietly in the foreground. These icons of military prowess are surrounded by bucking horses, falling soldiers, and spears. It is ironic that Giovanni Jacopo Caraglio chose to depict the Romans as skilled cavalrymen, since the cavalry was the weakest part of the Roman army until the late Imperial Period (A.D. 3rd/4th century). The inscription at the bottom of the engraving attributes the design for this print to Raphael; it may preserve a rejected idea for his Battle for the Milvian Bridge in the Sala di Costantino in the Vatican, Rome.

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Artist

Giovanni Jacopo Caraglio

Title

The Battle around the Shield and Lance

Origin

Italy

Date

1522–1532

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

341 × 485 mm

Credit Line

Elizabeth Hammond Stickney Collection

Reference Number

1887.279

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