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

Marco Dente Da Ravenna (1486-1527)

Entellus and Dares c.1520-1525

Engraving | 30.3 x 26.7 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 854623

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An engraving by Marco da Ravenna depicting Entellus and Dares (the two figures in combat) after a drawing that Bartsch, Ruland and Passavant attributed to Raphael. This print is lettered with the title and signed by the printmaker with his monogram. Trimmed within the platemark.

This engraving depicts the combat between the Sicilian Entellus and the Trojan Dares and the story derives from Book V of Virgil’s Aeneid. Similarities have been noted with the two gladiators in Giulio Romano’s circular ceiling fresco 'The Parting of the Hooves of Taurus' in the Sala dei Venti of the Palazzo Te in Mantua. It has also been suggested (see Bibliographic References) that the figures derive from a second-century Roman marble relief of two boxers, currently in the Museo Gregoriano Profano in the Vatican (inv. no. 9502, 9503). The background ruins of the Colosseum are related to a sketch in the Codex Excurialensis (f.24v).
  • Creator(s)

    Marco Dente Da Ravenna (1486-1527) (engraver)

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

    After a work previously attributed to Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (draughtsman)

  • 30.3 x 26.7 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
      • Plastic arts
        • Sculpture
          • Reliefs
    • Social sciences
      • Military affairs
        • Wars, Campaigns & Battles
          • Wars
            • Trojan War
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Italy
          • Lombardy
            • Mantua [Italy]
              • Palazzo del Te [Mantua]
          • Lazio [Italy]
            • Rome [Lazio]
              • Colosseum [Rome]
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p. 350 B.XXV.2

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Massari 1993 : Massari, S, 1993. Giulio Romano pinxit et delineavit : Opere grafiche autografe di collaborazione e bottega, Rome pp. 41-42, no. 37

    Raphael Invenit 1985 : G. Bernini Pezzini et al., Raphael Invenit. Stampe di Raffaello nelle Collezioni dell'Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Rome, 1985 p. 236, no. IX, 1 (entry written by Stefania Massari)