TETRODE, Willem Danielsz van
(b. ca. 1525, Delft, d. ca. 1587, Delft)

Nude Warrior

c. 1570
Bronze with a dark lacquer patina, height 40 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

This striding bronze man, a sort of classical swordsman in an attacking pose, is a typical example of the kind of cabinet sculpture in which Tetrode excelled. In lack of attributes, the figure cannot be identified with any mythological hero. It is a study of the human form, which is shown in a fascinating pose.