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Prints and Drawings
Artist: Master of the Egmont Albums, Flemish, active 16th century

Battle Scene

ca. 1590–95

Pen and brown ink over black chalk

Sheet: 27.4 × 36 cm (10 13/16 × 14 3/16in.); Framed: 43.815 × 59.055 cm (17 1/4 × 23 1/4in.)
Egmont Collection, Yale Library Transfer
1961.61.9
The Master of the Egmont Albums derives his conventional name from these drawings, which came to the Gallery in a series of albums assembled by the first Earl of Egmont. A brilliantly original draftsman, the artist appears to have been trained in the Netherlands and then to have traveled across Europe, for his works display a knowledge of Venetian and Roman art as well as of Albrecht Dürer’s works. These two drawings show all of his characteristic mannerisms. He worked out compositions of dizzying complexity in black chalk, over which he then applied strong pen lines, often in two different shades of brown ink, juxtaposing dark, hatched shadows alongside areas of untouched white paper. Many other battle scenes by the artist have been identified. Their density would have made them poor models for engraving, and the drawings are perhaps better understood as complete—if mysterious—works in their own right.
Geography: 
Made in Flanders
Status: 
By appointment
Culture: 
Flemish
Period: 
16th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Drawings and Watercolors
Provenance: 

John Percival, first Earl of Egmont (1683-1748); John T. Graves; Robert Hoe (sale New York, Anderson Auction Company, April 15-19, 1912, Library of Robert Hoe, Part III, A-K, no. 949); Yale
University Library (Anonymous Donor, 1957)

Bibliography: 

Suzanne Boorsch and John J. Marciari, Master Drawings from the Yale University Art Gallery, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2006), 104–6, 248, no. 26, ill.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.