Venus and Cupid

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

Date:

1510/12

Artist:

Marcantonio Raimondi
Italian, c. 1480-1534

About this artwork

Both of the figures in Marcantonio Raimondi’s Venus and Cupid are nude. Yet the playful, loving rapport between mother and son mark this print as not so dissimilar from Marcantonio’s depictions of the Madonna and Child. The artist’s isolated treatment of the mythological pair in this shadowy niche suggests that they could also be meant to be sculptures. That conceit was often used in black-and-white grisaille paintings on the back of altar wings for pared-down New Testament scenes such as the Annunciation.

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Artist

Marcantonio Raimondi

Title

Venus and Cupid

Origin

Italy

Date

1510–1512

Medium

Engraving printed in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

204 x 82 mm (image/plate); 221 x 101 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Potter Palmer, II

Reference Number

1919.2555

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