SPECKAERT, Hans
(b. ca. 1540, Bruxelles, d. 1577, Roma)

Nude Soldiers Fighting

c. 1570
Pen in brown, with a gray and brown wash, on blue paper, 259 x 427 mm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Speckaert and his friend Cornelis Cort worked together on an engraving after Raphael's fresco of The Victory of Constantine over Maxentius. Probably Raphael's fresco of that great battle inspired Speckaert to make this energetic drawing, although this particular battle is unidentifiable.