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Emperor Trajan fighting against the Dacians


Engraving | 24.9 x 36.6 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 854603

An engraving by Marco da Ravenna depicting Emperor Trajan fighting against the Dacians, which is copying in reverse a bas-relief of the Arch of Constantine, Rome. Signed by the printmaker with his monogram. Trimmed within the platemark.

This scene is sculpted on one of the four reliefs coming from a larger frieze of Trajan's era (which was probably in the Forum of Trajan, Rome) representing the Dacian wars (two military campaigns fought by the Emperor in 101-102 and 105-106 AD). This section of the frieze was then incorporated in the Arch of Constantine, alongside reliefs from the age of Adrian and Marcus Aurelius. 

  • Creator(s)

    Marco Dente Da Ravenna (d. 1527) (engraver)

  • 24.9 x 36.6 cm (sheet of paper)

  • Added to the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (c.1853-76)

  • Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Italy
          • Lazio [Italy]
            • Rome [Lazio]
              • Arch of Constantine [Rome]
              • Forum of Trajan [Rome]
        • Dacia
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
        • Military engineering
          • Arms (weapons)
            • Armour
              • Shields (armour)