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The Incense Burner

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.


c. 1520


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

About this artwork

Marcantonio Raimondi engraved The Incense Burner when he was at the height of his skill and talent, as is evident in the naturalistic detail and overall beauty of the print. Raimondi’s engraving depicts a large incense burner supported by two women draped in classical garments. It is thought that the sculpture was meant for Francis I of France because of its use of his heraldic emblems—the salamander and fleur-de-lis—as decorations. The engraving’s design is based on a drawing by Raphael and reveals the painter’s gift for simple but strong compositions.


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Prints and Drawings


Marcantonio Raimondi


The Incense Burner


Italy (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1515–1525


Engraving in black on cream laid paper


30.2 × 15.2 cm (11 15/16 × 6 in.)

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Clarence Buckingham Collection

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