The Plague (The Morbetto)
Engraving, 198 × 253 mm
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest 5786
Only four cases are known when Raphael drew with the specific intention that the design would be engraved by Marcantonio Raimondi. The Morbetto was the first occasion when instead of pen, he elaborated the composition in a tonal drawing for the engraver (Florence, Uffizi), who masterfully transferred the light and shade effects of the drawing onto the plate. Its title meaning ‘little plague’ refers to the small size of the print, whose theme derives from the Aeneid.
engraving, Marcantonio Raimondi, print, Raphael