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The Three Graces


Engraving | 32.2 x 22.4 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 854548

An engraving by Marcantonio Raimondi depicting the Three Graces which according to the inscription at the bottom of the print was copied after a bas-relief. This print is lettered at the bottom of the print: "SIC ROMAE CARITES NIVEO EX / MARMORE SCULP". Trimmed within the platemark. Annotated on the verso.

This print has been related to the painting of the same subject executed by Raphael (c.1504) and now in the Musée Condé, Chantilly  (inv. no.38). See RCIN 851651 for a photograph of the painting. The source of the painting as well as that of this print has been disputed and Massari (see Bibliographic References) suggested as a model an antique statue in the Vatican Museum (Gabinetto delle Maschere), rather than the Roman copy after a Hellenistic original (4th-2nd century BC) now in the Piccolomini Library, Siena. See RCINs 854545 and 854546 for photographs of the statue in the Piccolomini Library.

  • Creator(s)

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

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

  • annotation:
    P. 340 [verso, top centre, in ink]

  • 32.2 x 22.4 cm (sheet of paper)

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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
  • 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. 266, no. II. 1 (entry written by Stefania Massari)

    Capellen 2001 : Capellen, JM, 2001. Raphael : the paintings. Volume 1, The Beginning in Umbria and Florence ca.1500-1508
    pp.162-5, no. 15

    Other number(s)

    Ruland p. 345 A.I.3