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Entellus and Dares

Accession Number
1960/2.132

Title
Entellus and Dares

Artist(s)
Marco Dente

Object Creation Date
circa 1520-1525

Medium & Support
engraving on paper

Dimensions
12 3/16 in x 10 ⅞ in (30.96 cm x 27.62 cm);22 ⅛ in x 18 1/16 in (56.2 cm x 45.88 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Label copy

This motif of two men fighting, which derives from an antique relief, gives a vivid portrayal of the male body in action. Renaissance artists were attracted to the device of showing one pose from opposite viewpoints to enhance a sense of three-dimensionality in prints, drawings, and paintings. Entellus and Dares were two famous boxers in the story of the Trojan War. They are shown in a vicious sort of combat in which each fighter's hands are wrapped with leather straps, sometimes reinforced with iron or lead.

Primary Object Classification
Print

Collection Area
Western

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Keywords
fighting
heroes
men

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