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The Brawl

Francesco Villamena (Italian, 1566–1624)

Catalogue Raisonné

Nagler 63, i/ii (before the address of Mariette)


Sheet: 37.8 x 50.4 cm (14 7/8 x 19 13/16 in.)(with thread margins around the platemark)

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Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



After Villamena’s own painting, in the Czernin Gallery, Vienna. The print refers to the death of the sculptor Brutto Buono, employed by the dedicatee, Ciriaco Mattei, in a brawl between Italians and supporters of the Spanish faction (to which Buono belonged). The Villa Mattei in Rome and S. Giovanni in Laterano appear in the background.


Recto, bottom left, stamped in gray ink, the mark of Earl Spencer, Althorp (1734-1783)(Lugt 2341a); verso, upper left, in pen and brown ink, the mark of Pierre Mariette II, Paris (1634-1716)(Lugt 1789), 1667; verso, lower center, stamped in brown ink, the mark of the MFA (Lugt 282)


Pierre Mariette II, Paris (1634-1716)(Lugt 1789), 1667; Earl Spencer, Althorp (1734-1783)(Lugt 2341a); Artemis Fine Arts, Ltd., London; from whom purchased by MFA with funds donated by Benjamin A. and Julia M. Trustman, September 24, 1985

Credit Line

Gift of Benjamin A. and Julia M. Trustman