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Conrad Martin Metz (1749-1827)

A sacrifice c.1789-98

Aquatint with etching | 52.7 x 39.4 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 852357

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An aquatint of a drawing then in the collection of Richard Cosway and attributed on the plate to Raphael. The print was published in C.M. Metz, Imitations of Ancient and Modern Drawings, London (first edition published in 1789, the second in 1798). On watermarked paper.

This print appears to be a pastiche of various Raphaelesque drawings: in the foreground, the man seen from behind is very similar to the study of Ganymede for the Wedding Feast of Cupid and Psyche in the Farnesina (the drawing is now in the Louvre, Paris, inv. no. 4019; see 853984 for a photograph of it). The man on the far right foreground is the reversed image of St Paul (the drawing is now at the Teylers Museum, Haarlem, inv. no. I 26) for the painting of St Cecilia, in Bologna. The group of two men on the far left is the reversed representation of the two draped figures on the left in a compositional study for the first version of the Miraculous Draught of Fishes (now in the Albertina, Vienna, inv. no.192r; see RCIN 853027 for a photograph of it). The depictions of animals resemble various examples by Giulio Romano.
  • Creator(s)

    Conrad Martin Metz (1749-1827) (printmaker)

    After a work copying Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (artist)

    After a work copying Giulio Romano (Rome c. 1499-Mantua 1546) (artist)

  • watermark: SON [verso, bottom left]
  • 52.7 x 39.4 cm (sheet of paper)

    51.0 x 34.5 cm (platemark)

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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
    Subject(s)
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Religions of antiquity
          • Sacrifices
        • Christianity
          • Life of Christ
            • Public Life of Christ
              • Christ Calling the Apostles
                • Christ-Miraculous Draught of Fishes
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Agriculture and related techniques
        • Animal husbandry
          • Sheep
            • Lambs
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
        • Ecclesiastical & religious architecture
          • Non-Christian religious architecture
            • Temples
    • Philosophy & Psychology
      • Psychology
        • Emotions
          • Melancholy
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.174 B.XLIII.1

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford p.223, no. 356 r (for the Miracolous Draught of Fishes); p. 229, no. 382 (for St Paul); p. 235, no. 404 (for Ganymede)