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The Plague

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The Plague

Marcantonio Raimondi

Artist Nationality
Italian (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
circa 1515-1516

Medium & Support
engraving on paper

7 4/5 in x 9 15/16 in (19.84 cm x 25.24 cm);14 ⅜ in x 19 3/10 in (36.51 cm x 49.05 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Label copy
March 28, 2009
Marcantonio Raimondi, one of the most skilled printmakers of his generation, worked closely with the Renaissance master Raphael (1483–1520), who made numerous drawings that Raimondi then executed as engravings. The Plague, which represents a scene from Virgil’s Aeneid, resulted from precisely such collaboration: it reproduces a drawing by Raphael now in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. One scholar has suggested that Raphael even designed the drawing to showcase Raimondi’s talents at imitating the effects of light and dark. The results of such artistic cooperation between the two artists were extremely lucrative for both.

Physical Description
Left and right sides of print are seperated by an herm. The left side of the print is a darkened pseudo-interior, with light illimunating two female figures and dead lambs. The right side of the print is set in front of a barn(?) and features figures reacting to the body of a deceased woman in the foreground. BL 2/28/18

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