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A Scene from Aristophanes’s Lysistrata
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A Scene from Aristophanes’s Lysistrata
Drawing for "Lysistrata"

Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, Spanish, 1881 - 1973


Black ink, pen, and brush with gray wash on off-white wove paper

Sheet: 9 3/4 x 13 11/16 inches (24.8 x 34.8 cm)

© Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
A. E. Gallatin Collection, 1952

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Here, two warriors shake hands—one Spartan and the other Athenian—marking the end of the Peloponnesian War (431–404 BCE). The artist set this scene against the Mediterranean Sea under a blazing sun. Picasso made this drawing while blindfolded in order to create a spontaneous interpretation of the famous play.