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Arte dell'Armi di Achille Marozzo Bolognese (The Art of Arms, by Achille Marozzo of Bologna)

Achille Marozzo (16th century)
Giovanni Battista Fontana (Italian, ca. 1524–1587)
Giulio Fontana (Italian, active 1560s)
dated 1568
Italian, Venice
Engraving in paper, pigment, leather, gold
Books & Manuscripts
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1922
Accession Number:
Not on view
Published after Marozzo's death, the text, with some modifications to reflect changes in fighting styles, remains basically that of the Opera Nova of 1536. The original woodcuts have been replaced with engravings by Giovanni Battista Fontana (1524–1587), and Giulio Fontana (d. 1569). Giulio Fontana added a new preface to the 1568 edition dedicated to Don Giovanni Manriche, Camerieri di S. M. Cesarea, probably referring to Juan Manrique, chamberlain to Elizabeth Valois (1545–1568), queen of Spain. Fontana goes on to mention his illustrations for another fencing book, Camillo Agrippa's Trattato di Scienza d'Arme, published two weeks before Marozzo's Arte dell'Armi, which he had also dedicated to Don Giovanni Manriche.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Academy of the Sword: Illustrated Fencing Books 1500–1800," June 9, 1998–November 29, 1999.

La Rocca, Donald J., and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Academy of the Sword: Illustrated Fencing Books 1500–1800. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1998. p. 7.

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