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The fight between the Horatii and the Curiatii in an arena surrounded by spectators. Engraving after Giulio Romano, 1541.

  • Romano, Giulio, 1499-1546
An(n). 1541
  • Pictures

About this work


Identified by Salamanca as the combat between the Horatii and the Curiatii as narrated by Livy. In Roman history or myth, the Horatii were triplet brothers who fought as champions against the triplet Curiatius brothers, in order to decide the outcome of a war between their respective cities, Rome and Alba Longa (Albano). After two of the Horatii were killed the surviving Horatius killed all three Curiatii However, that does not apear to be the scene depicted here, in which the figures are derived from two Roman sculptures (Massari


Romae [Rome] : Ant. Salamanca excudebat, An(n). 1541.

Physical description

1 print : engraving ; image 28 x 41.4 cm


Trigeminorum Horatiorum Curatiorumq(ue) pro patria gloriosum certamen.

Creator/production credits

Tentatively attributed by Massari to Marco Dente

References note

Adam von Bartsch, Le peintre graveur, vol. XV, Vienna 1813, p. 29 ("Estampes de differens graveurs anonymes qui semblent être de l'école de Marc-Antoine Raimondi), no. 2 ("Les Horaces et les Curiaces. ... Cette estampe a été gravé d'après Jules Romain par un maître tres habile qui a cherche à imiter la manière de Marc Antoine"))
Stefania Massari, Giulio Romano pinxit et delineavit, Roma: Palombi, 1993, no. 41, pp. 47-48


Wellcome Library no. 2971512i



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