The Climbers (Three Figures from Michelangelo's Battle of Cascina)

The Climbers (Three Figures from Michelangelo's Battle of Cascina)


Marcantonio Raimondi

(Italian, 1470/82-1527/34)

after Michelangelo Buonarroti

(Italian, 1475-1564)


Sheet: 28.6 x 22.9 cm (11 1/4 x 9 in.)

Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1922.142

Catalogue raisonné: Delaborde 196


Raimondi’s source for these three male figures was Michelangelo’s Battle of Cascina cartoon—a preparatory full-scale model drawing for a wall fresco. It depicted bathing Florentine soldiers scrambling to respond to a surprise attack by troops from Pisa. Michelangelo never painted the fresco, but many artists based their own drawings and prints on the famous cartoon that has since been lost. Raimondi’s translation of these figures into printed form brought a piece of Michelangelo’s monumental work into the hands of many.

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