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Cupid and the Three Graces

A work made of engraving in black on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on cream laid paper.




Marcantonio Raimondi (Italian, c. 1480-1534)
after Raffaello Sanzio, called Raphael (Italian, 1483-1520)

About this artwork

When Raphael painted the frescoes in the garden loggia of Rome’s Villa Farnesina, he faced an unusual pictorial format. Working in the spandrels, he had to account for the nearly triangular spaces created by the arched ceiling. This engraving, a detail of the fresco, clearly demonstrates the structural obstacles of the architecture, as the numerous curved lines represent the vaulted ceiling, trim, and wall.


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Prints and Drawings


Marcantonio Raimondi


Cupid and the Three Graces


Italy (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1518–1519


Engraving in black on cream laid paper


31 × 20.6 cm (12 1/4 × 8 1/8 in.)

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The Wallace L. DeWolf and Joseph Brooks Fair Collections

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