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Virgin and Child with Saint John

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.




Diana Scultori (Italian, c. 1536-c. 1590)
after Raffaellino da Reggio (Italian, 1550-1578)

About this artwork

Diana Mantuano was the only female Renaissance engraver to sign her prints, as well as the only one to be mentioned by Giorgio Vasari in his 1568 Lives of the Artists. Born into an artist family, she learned printmaking by copying the paintings and prints of other artists, including her father, Giovanni Battista Mantuano. She made this engraving in Rome the same year she moved there and received a papal privilege protecting her prints from copyists. Her plates were evidently deemed valuable, as printers kept reprinting them. This timeless devotional subject appealed to later audiences; the Roman publisher Callisto Ferranti (active 1626–47) made this impression.


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Prints and Drawings


Diana Scultori


Virgin and Child with Saint John


Italy (Artist's nationality:)

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Printed 1570–1600


Engraving in black on ivory laid paper


Inscribed recto lower left, in plate: "Calisto Ferranti Forma"; inscribed above this, in brown pen and ink: "Raph. da / Reggio inv."; signed and inscribed, lower right, in plate: "DIANA MANTVANA . INCIDEBAT . ROMAE ANNO M.D.LXXV."


Plate/sheet: 27.5 × 20.4 cm (10 7/8 × 8 1/16 in.)

Credit Line

The Wallace L. DeWolf and Joseph Brooks Fair Collections

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