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Bellona, 1558-1572



Anonymous Giftexpand_more  P.85.54.43

Not on Viewexpand_more

The signature on this Étienne Delaune print states, "Étienne made it, with the king's privilege." The artist's first royal patron was Henri II (1519-1559), whose military exploits could have inspired this metaphorical melee. A shield that Delaune designed for Henri, now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, has many of the same motifs, including the cuirass, bound captives, banners, and shields. Following a common practice, Delaune copied motifs from Italian prints; the shield with a gorgon's head near the feet of the war goddess Bellona, for example, was taken directly from Enea Vico.

Artist Life
about 1518/19-1583
Accession Number
Catalogue Raisonne
Robert-Dumesnil 281 i/iv p. 87 vol. ix see also Brown 36
Curator Approved

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