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SOLD BY ORDER OF THE 12TH DUKE OF NORTHUMBERLAND AND THE TRUSTEES OF THE NORTHUMBERLAND ESTATES

North Italian, 16th century
RELIEF WITH A BATTLE SCENE
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SOLD BY ORDER OF THE 12TH DUKE OF NORTHUMBERLAND AND THE TRUSTEES OF THE NORTHUMBERLAND ESTATES

North Italian, 16th century
RELIEF WITH A BATTLE SCENE
JUMP TO LOT

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Treasures Including Selected Works from the Collections of the Dukes of Northumberland

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North Italian, 16th century
RELIEF WITH A BATTLE SCENE
white marble, in a white marble frame
37 by 85cm., 14 1/2  by 35 1/2 in.
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Catalogue Note

This intriguing relief is closely reminiscent of the battle scenes which often appear on the sides of Ancient Roman sarcophagi. Compare, for example, with the Roman 3rd-century A.D. sarcophagus showing the battle between Amazons and Greeks, Centaurs and Lapiths in the British Museum (inv. no. 1846,0831.1). As in the present relief, in these scenes dynamic horsemen rear their horses, whilst the wounded lay fallen on the ground. Sarcophagi proved to be influential sources for Renaissance artists, and it is likely that the present relief was carved in a major centre of the study of the classical past, such as Mantua, where the Gonzaga court possessed an unrivalled collection of antiquities. The famous engraving, the Battle of the Sea Gods by Andrea Mantegna, for example, is believed to have been inspired by Roman sarcophagi (Christiansen, op. cit., p. 59).

RELATED LITERATURE
K. Christiansen, The Genius of Andrea Mantegna, New Haven and London, 2010, p. 59

Treasures Including Selected Works from the Collections of the Dukes of Northumberland

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London