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Apollo on Parnassus, Surrounded by the Muses and Poets

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

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

Date:

1517/20

Artist:

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

About this artwork

Famous artworks replicated in print became more famous with each copy. While Marcantonio Raimondi was sued by Albrecht Dürer for illegally copying his woodcuts, he worked directly with Raphael to create printed versions of the master’s paintings and drawings for dissemination. The fresco of Apollo on Parnassus would have been inaccessible even to buyers who could afford this large print, as it was in Pope Julius II’s personal library in the Vatican. The engraving explicitly mentions this; the inscription on the doorway beneath the painting reads Raphael Pinxit in Vaticano, MAF (Raphael painted [the fresco] in the Vatican and Marcantonio made [the engraving].)

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Marcantonio Raimondi

Title

Apollo on Parnassus, Surrounded by the Muses and Poets

Origin

Italy

Date

Made 1517–1520

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Inscriptions

Signed and inscribed recto lower center, in plate in image: “RAPHAEL PINXIT IN VATICANO / MAF” (monogram)

Dimensions

358 x 472 mm

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1944.621

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