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The Fall of the Giants
  • Bartolomeo Coriolano
    circa 1599–circa 1676
    born: Bologna, Papal States (present-day Italy) ; died: Rome, Italy
  • The Fall of the Giants, 1641
  • Where object was made: Italy
  • chiaroscuro woodcut
  • Paper Type: laid
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 865 x 619 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 878 x 633 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 34 1/16 x 24 3/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 34 9/16 x 24 7/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 40 x 30 in
  • Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Franklin D. Murphy
  • Not on display
  • 1996.0021

The winged figure (identified as Zeus) appears from the heavens in the upper center of the print. Fourteen nude giants fall from the sky in the midst of an avalanche of rocks.