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Hannibal Barca After Cannae

Hannibal Barca After Cannae




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Hannibal Barca After Cannae

Pen & ink Fine Art Reproduction


This drawing, done in pen and ink, is based on a statue in the Louvre Museum, Paris, France. Hannibal Barca, by Sébastien Slodtz (1704), is shown counting the rings of the Roman knights who were killed at the Battle of Cannae (216 BC). The battle was a devastating loss for the Romans.

Hannibal’s right hand rests upon an inverted legionary eagle, sacred to a Roman legion. His left hand fingers some of the iron rings in a vase full of them. These were worn only by the Roman upper classes, so, presumably, this vase represents the Roman elite that perished at Cannae. Hannibal’s left foot stands on another legionary eagle and a bundle of rods (fasces), symbol of a Roman magistrate’s authority. His right foot is supported by a shield, below which are a gladius (Iberian style sword) and a vexillum (a standard that could represent a particular body of troops within a legion or the entire legion itself).

Hannibal Barca

Hannibal Barca was born in 247 BC. He was the son of Hamilcar Barca, one of the most effective Carthaginian generals during the war with Rome. Hamilcar made the young Hannibal promise that he would never be a friend to Rome.

Hannibal grew up in Iberia where he learned military and administrative skills from his father and uncle. When he ascended to the top position in the province, he took swift action against Saguntum, a Roman ally; an action which started the Second Punic War. He then marched more than 1,200 miles over mountainous and often hostile terrain, arriving on the Padus plain (Po River Valley) in late October, 218 BC. After resting his troops, he confronted the Romans at Ticinus, Trebbia and Lake Trasimeno, where he won great victories. The following year he crushed a large Roman army at Cannae. Nevertheless, he couldn’t cripple the Roman alliance and Scipio’s invasion of Africa forced Hannibal to defend Carthage on her own soil. He was defeated at Zama. Carthage sued for peace. After the war, Hannibal was elected to the office of Sufette and by eliminating corruption was able to put Carthaginian finances in order. His political enemies complained to Rome and Hannibal was forced into exile.

About The Artist, Zygmunt Michalski

Zygmunt (Zyggi) Michalski began drawing from a very young age. He majored in art at Jagiellonian University, one of the oldest universities in the world (established in 1364). There, he studied painting and drawing with Krystyna Wróblewska—member of the Polish Academy of Sciences—a well-regarded painter, graphic artist and book designer. Her work and career have appeared in academic books such as Archiwum Sztuki Polskiej XX Wieku and Tom 2 Twórczość Krystyny Wróblewskiej. She herself studied under the famous painter Ludomir Slendzinski. Michalski also studied under Professor Wiktor Zin at the Architecture Department, University of Krakow. Dr. Zin was a widely published author and a designer of many churches internationally and in Poland. He was a well-known TV personality.

Michalski worked with Zin at the Polish Studios for the Conservation of Cultural Property. Michalski is equally adept at pen and ink drawing and oil painting. He can paint in various styles and is particularly interested in historical and surrealistic subject matter. He is also very strong in portraiture. Zygmunt Michalski has executed more than 25 pieces of art for Pro Romanis. You can see some of Zyggi’s other work at