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Drawing, Sketchbook Page with Romans Fighting an Elephant, ca. 1590

This is a Drawing. It was created by Jan van der Straet, called Stradanus. It is dated ca. 1590 and we acquired it in 1901. Its medium is pen and bistre ink, brush and wash on paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

It is credited Museum purchase through gift of various donors.

Its dimensions are

10.3 x 13.8 cm (4 1/16 x 5 7/16 in. )

It is inscribed

Struck out and written below fighting Romans in left foreground: "aba alcuni morti / Romani." Written under the elephant is: "E lilfante magiore;" under the trunk: "che sia togliata / el nifalo." In left background under group is: "Vestita acchi / a vesti lungho." Struck out below soldiers in right background: "tutti soldati morti / per terra sino a/[girano]." Reverse: "Annibale fece combattere tra loro parecchi Romani prigioni [prigioneri] campoune/uno e lo fece gettar vine a un liofante prometten-/doli se l'ammazzano lasciano andar libro il Romano ammazza li elefante a solo a solo, ma fu fatto morire da / chavalleri da Annibale lbo 8 cap. 7 plinie."

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Drawing, Sketchbook Page with Romans Fighting an Elephant, ca. 1590; Jan van der Straet, called Stradanus (Flemish, active Italy, 1523–1605); Netherlands; pen and bistre ink, brush and wash on paper; 10.3 x 13.8 cm (4 1/16 x 5 7/16 in. ); Museum purchase through gift of various donors; 1901-39-158

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