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Designs by Raphael for sculptural works, silverware, medals and other objects

Marcantonio Raimondi (c. 1480-1534)

The censer for Francois I c.1515-1525

Engraving | 30.5 x 17.0 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 854254

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An engraving by Marcantonio Raimondi catalogued by Bartsch as after Raphael. This is the first state of the print. The presence of the tablet at the left dates the print after 1515. Trimmed within the platemark.

The caryatids derive from a lost drawing attributed to Giulio Romano after Raphael for the censer (a container in which incense is burnt) of Francois I whose symbol (a salamander) is depicted on the border of the censer. The prototype for the top of the object is the fountain supported by Sileni at the Museo Pio Clementino in the Vatican, while the lower part of the design derives from a Venus Genetrix drawing by Raphael now in the Albertina, Vienna (inv. no. 179).
  • Creator(s)

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

    After Giulio Romano (Rome c. 1499-Mantua 1546) (draughtsman)

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

  • 30.5 x 17.0 cm (sheet of paper)

  • Added to the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (c.1853-1876)

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Perfumes
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
        • Architectural design
          • Architectural decoration & motifs
            • Caryatids & telamons
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Zoology
        • Animals
          • Amphibians
            • Salamanders
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p. 308 A.V.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 pp. 266-267, no. III, I (entry written by Stefania Massari)