The Morbetto, or The Plague of Phrygia

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

Date:

1515/16

Artist:

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

About this artwork

The subject of this print, as identified by the text on the central pedestal, is based on an excerpt from Virgil’s epic poem Aeneid, which follows the hero Aeneas on his flight from Troy to Italy after the Trojan War. In book three of the poem, Aeneas’s father interprets a message from the oracle of the god Apollo to mean that the Trojans should colonize the island of Crete. They build a city, which Aeneas names Pergamum, but are struck by a wretched plague, which brings a year of death to humans and animals. Aeneas then has a dream, as seen in the upper left, in which he learns that Apollo’s oracle intended the Trojans to occupy Italy, where Aeneas will eventually settle, becoming the ancestor of the Romans.

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Artist

Marcantonio Raimondi

Title

The Morbetto, or The Plague of Phrygia

Origin

Italy

Date

1515–1516

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

198 x 252 mm (image); 199 x 253 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Joseph Brooks Fair Collection

Reference Number

1981.155

Extended information about this artwork

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