Probably After Raphael
The Miraculous Draught of Fishes
Etching, 261 × 328 mm
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest 5901
During their only several years’ activity, etchers at the Fontainebleau court of Francis I created the first significant group of French Renaissance prints. The present etching may be connected with Antonio Fantuzzi on the basis of its specific manner. Relying on an early version of Raphael’s design, preserved in a drawing at the Albertina, Vienna, its composition is dominated by the foreground figures, while the main scene is placed in the background. The addition of the landscape and the remote townscape may have been the printmaker’s own invention.