After Albrecht Dürer
Engraving, 292 × 211 mm
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest 5683
The international fame of the prints by Albrecht Dürer must have inspired Raphael to become involved in printmaking. As the most proficient printmaker of the period and a strikingly precise imitator of Dürer’s manner, Marcantonio Raimondi was the perfect choice of collaborator. Marcantonio arrived in Venice in 1506, where he gained a considerable profit from his copies after Dürer’s prints. He engraved more than seventy prints after the German artist, and copied seventeen of his twenty woodcuts of the series Life of the Virgin. As Marcantonio even used Dürer’s monogram, the indignant painter made a complaint by the Venetian authorities. This was the first copyright case in the history of printmaking.
Dürer, engraving, Marcantonio Raimondi, print