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Raphael's drawings, as well as those attributed to him in the 19th century

Attributed to Marcantonio Raimondi (c. 1480-1534)

A dance of fauns and bacchantes c.1515-1535

Engraving | 17.2 x 28.2 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 854579

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An engraving possibly by Marcantonio Raimondi depicting a dance of fauns and bacchantes probably after a drawing copying an antique bas-relief. Bartsch catalogued this engraving as anonymous. Trimmed within the platemark.

According to Massari (see Bibliographic References), the print by Agostino Veneziano that Bartsch catalogued as the original is actually a copy after Marcantonio's print (see RCIN 854576 for the print by Agostino). Only the left half of Marcantonio's is known, which could suggest that Agostino extended the composition to include the other three figures on the right. 

Massari (see Bibliographic References) recognised various drawings as the possible source of Marcantonio's and Agostino's prints: a drawing after Raphael now in the Royal Library, Windsor (RCIN 990331, see also RCIN 854583), a drawing in the Albertina Museum, Vienna inv. no. 217, see RCIN 854581 for a photograph of it) currently attributed to either Raphael or Giulio Romano another drawing of a bacchante and a faun is in the Louvre, Paris (inv. no. 5001), previously attributed to Battista Franco and now believed to be by Giulio Romano on the basis of another drawing's attribution in the Louvre (inv. no. 5002).

According to S. Ferino (see Bibliographic References) the various drawings could be studies intended for grotesque decorations, either the frescoes of Cardinal Bibiena's Loggetta (c.1516) or the Logge (c.1516 -1518/19) in the Vatican. For the drawing now in the Louvre (inv. no. 5001) it is specified that this is inspired by the characters of a relief of the 1st century (now in Mantua, Palazzo Ducale, inv. no. 6705).
  • Creator(s)

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

    After a work associated with Agostino dei Musi (c. 1490-after 1536) (engraver)

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

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

  • 17.2 x 28.2 cm (sheet of paper)

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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Theatre
        • Dance
      • Music
        • Musical instruments
          • Woodwind instruments
            • Flutes
          • Brass instruments
            • Trumpets
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p. 347 A.XIV.4

    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. 243, no. III, 1-2 (entries written by Stefania Massari)

    Cordellier/Py 1992 : Raphael : son atelier, ses copistes, 1992 / par Dominique Cordellier et Bernadette Py, Paris (Inventaire general des dessins Italiens ; V / sous la direction de Francoise Viatte) p. 332, no. 484