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Maker(s):Rovere, Giovanni Mauro della (Fiammenghino)
Culture:Italian (1575 - 1640)
Title:Martyrdom of St. Ursula and the Eleven Thousand Virgins
Date Made:1635
Materials:Pen and brown ink and brush and brown wash and white gouache, on greenish-gray laid paper
Place Made:Italy
Measurements:sheet: 11 x 10 1/4 in.; 27.94 x 26.035 cm
Narrative Inscription:  inscribed at center verso: 1635 20 giunio / G. M. R.
Accession Number:  SC 1959.200
Credit Line:Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wiesenberger
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

battle scene with a woman bearing a flag standing in the middle, the dead scattered on the ground while angels watch from the clouds

Label Text:
Label text for ARH 240 French and Italian Drawings Renaissance through Romanticism, written by Carol Kaminsky:

Nicknamed to reflect his Flemish descent, Mauro della Rovere produced large-scale religious works rich in narrative detail. He also created highly finished drawings that may have been model drawings (modelli) for larger works but also stand by themselves, such as this scene of the martyrdom of St. Ursula. She stands in the center, crowned and bearing the Christian banner of victory, a red cross on a white ground. Huns and fallen virgins surround her as swords are drawn and arrows fly. Ursula’s gesture heavenward, the rapacity of the Huns, and the anguish of the maidens fill every inch with high drama in characteristic Mannerist fashion.

men; women; wars; deaths; religion; Christianity

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