Copy after Andrea Mantegna (about 1431-1506)
'The Battle of the Sea Gods'
Pen and ink
Museum no. CAI 406
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides
This drawing is a skilful and meticulous copy of the left-hand section of an original double-sheet engraving which Mantegna made as a riposte to Pollaiuolo's frieze-like Battle of Nude Men. Close in spirit and technique to Mantegna's original, it is probably by an artist from his inner circle, perhaps a workshop assistant.