This drawing depicts the head of a boy looking slightly downward to his right in three-quarters profile.
In this study the artist skillfully uses shading to evoke the three-dimensionality of the boy’s head in capturing the shape of his cranium, his rounded cheeks, and the curving forms of his lips and eye sockets.
Signed in pencil, l.r. margin: Baumeister Edition in pencil, l.l. margin: 8/30 Dedication with date in pencil, l.c. margin: Alfred Eichhorn herzlichest Gruss 1. August 55 Custom's stamp in blue on reverse of print and mat: circle, eagle, Zollamt München-Post (?)
Monogram, in plate, l.c.: NB Inscription, in plate, lower margin: Tabula marmorea, pugnae Dacicae: ex diruto Traini, ut putatur, arcu: in Constantini cognomento Magni; gua spectat Auentinum; ornatus caussa; Romae, translata. / Antonii Lafrerii Seguani formis Romae 1553
This engraving reproduces a relief sculpture from the second century CE of Roman soldiers under Emperor Trajan conquering the Dacians in what is today Romania. The sculpture was later removed from its original monument built to honor Trajan and incorporated into the Arch of Constantine, erected in Rome by the emperor Constantine between 312 and 315.
The relief depicts mounted Roman soldiers, dressed in their characteristic armor and helmets, surging to the left and right from the center of the scene. A group of soldiers sounding horns stands in their midst. The Romans' vanquished Dacian foes lie trampled beneath the horses' hooves.
This print faithfully reproduces a relief sculpture from the second century CE celebrating the conquest of Dacia (modern Romania) by the Emperor Trajan. The print was commissioned from Beatrizet by the publisher Antoine Lafrery, who oversaw the production of numerous prints of famous artworks from antiquity as well as works by Michelangelo and Raphael, which had established Rome's reputation as an artistic capital of Europe. Prints of such famous artworks were widely sought after by collectors, connoisseurs, and artists.