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Another section rich in sixteenth-century prints after Raphael's designs

Marcantonio Raimondi (c. 1480-1534)

A man carrying the base of a column c.1517-20

Engraving | 22.2 x 14.9 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 852289

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An engraving by Marcantonio Raimondi depicting a man carrying the base of a column, c.1517-20. Stamped with a mark. Trimmed within the platemark.

This print has been variously interpreted as being based on a lost drawing by Raphael (Bartsch), or by Giulio Romano or Perino del Vaga (Massari), or to be Marcantonio's own invention (Geddes). According to Massari (see Bibliographic References), the print is clearly inspired by the Antique, as the relation between the man depicted in this print and a similar figure on an antique sarcophagus in the Vatican Museum would suggest. Geddes (see Bibliographic References) also notes that this print precedes the decoration of Palazzo Te, Mantua by a decade, anticipating Giulio Romano's design in the Sala dei Giganti.

It has also been suggested that Marcantonio's print could be related to a preparatory drawing (which has been variously attributed to Raphael or members of his school) now at Musée Condé, Chantilly (inv. no.57(48 bis) for the left figure in The Coronation of Charlemagne in the Stanza dell'Incendio in the Vatican. See RCIN 852814 for a photograph of this drawing.
  • Creator(s)

    Marcantonio Raimondi (c. 1480-1534) (engraver)

    After? Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (draughtsman)

  • 22.2 x 14.9 cm (sheet of paper)

  • Added to the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (c.1853-76)

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
    • People
      • Men
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Construction
        • Structural parts of buildings
          • Columns
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.170 A.IV.1

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Raphael Invenit 1985 : G. Bernini Pezzini et al., Raphael Invenit. Stampe di Raffaello nelle Collezioni dell'Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Rome, 1985 p. 268, no. V.2 (entry written by Stefania Massari)

    Shoemaker/Broun 1981 : I. Shoemaker and E. Broun. The Engravings of Marcantonio Raimondi: Spencer Museum of Art; The Ackland Art Museum, 1981 pp. 140-141, no. 41

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford p.227, no.373

    Peronnet 1997 : Peronnet, B, 1997. Dessins italiens du Musee Conde a Chantilly II. Raphael et son cercle, Paris pp.54-6, no.7