left half (with P.68.210)

Battle of the Sea Gods (left half), 1470s

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According to the sign held by the crone at the upper left, envy has led to discord among the sea gods. When satyrs on seahorses square off, it's fish versus baton, while the nymph-bearing sea-centaurs adopt bonier weapons. This print was the largest engraving ever produced at the time it was made-so large that the image had to be engraved on two separate plates. It so perfectly embodied Renaissance understanding of antiquity that the sculptures based on its design were thought to be genuinely ancient.

Battle of the Sea Gods (left half)
Artist Life
(Padua), 1430/31–1506
Accession Number
Albert Roullier, 1917
Catalogue Raisonne
H.5 (left half); H.6 ii/ii (right half); B.17 and 18; "Andrea Mantegna" 1992 exh., cat. no. 79
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left half (with P.68.210)