The Martyrdom of the Ten Thousand Christians on Mount Ararat Woodcutter: Lucantonio degli Uberti (Italian, active Venice, 1514–17)
After: Vittore Carpaccio (Italian, ca. 1455-1525)

ca. 1515, printed 17th century

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Not on view

No early impression of this woodcut has come down to us, and its survival in this late state is a reminder that there undoubtedly were many more prints produced in the sixteenth century than are known today. The image is related to a lost painting of 1515 by Vittore Carpaccio, the sources of which were many and varied, including Michelangelo and Albrecht Dürer, among the few other artists to depict this obscure subject. The story derives from the legend of a massive army of soldiers who were victorious after being converted to Christianity, but were subsequently crucified by the Romans for refusing to renounce their newfound religion.


Woodcut, printed from eight blocks on eight sheets of paper


assembled: 42 5/16 × 61 5/8 in. (107.5 × 156.5 cm)
framed: 52 1/2 × 72 1/2 in. (133.4 × 184.2 cm)

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Everett V. Meeks, B.A. 1901, Fund

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16th century


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