MANTEGNA, Andrea
(b. 1431, Isola di Carturo, d. 1506, Mantova)

Battle of Two Sea Monsters

c. 1475
Engraving
Gabinetto Nazionale delle Stampe, Rome

Mantegna made drawings for the master goldsmith Gian Marco Cavalli, expressly so that they might be translated into engravings. Free from existing conventions and the limitations imposed by patrons, Mantegna was able here to give free rein to his imagination, creating bacchic processions and furious battles between sea monsters, in the hope of attracting buyers.