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Man with a Two-Handed Sword

Donato Bramante (Donato di Pascuccio)

16th century painter and critic Lomazzo lists the figures’ names, which were obviously inscribed alongside each one. They were not the ancient heroes so often portrayed in aristocratic homes. Though disguised and transfigured by Classical attire and armour, they were famous contemporary swordsmen and warriors. This tells us that their differentiated features were portraits and suggests that the popular “valiant hero” theme was addressed here with a touch of irony.

Download hi-res image TITLE Man with a Two-Handed Sword
AUTHOR Donato Bramante (Donato di Pascuccio)
DATE c. 1486
OBJECT TYPE AND MATERIAL Fresco Transferred To Canvas
DIMENSIONS cm 285 x 127
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