212 × 139 mm
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest 6833
Like for most of his fellow artists, Roman grotesque ornaments were accessible also for Marco Dente. However, the engraver was also inspired by the decorative motifs recreated in modern antique style by Raphael and his colleagues.
Probably after Raphael
Engraving, 276 × 392 mm
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest 6863
While the figures of the two sons follow the famous antique sculpture, Laocoön, with his arms raised in prayer and knees bent upon the altar, as well as the narrative details derive from a late antique illustrated manuscript, the Vatican Virgil. The codex was accessible for Raphael and his fellow artists, and the composition of Marco Dente’s print was probably designed by the painter.
464 × 326 mm
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest 6843
The engraver from Ravenna, Marco Dente worked in Rome from the mid-1510s, where he made many prints after compositions by Raphael and his circle. This engraving represents the Laocoön group with almost archaeological precision, in front of a ruinous antique wall. At the time of the print’s execution, as indicated by the inscription of the pedestal, the marble was already placed in the Belvedere courtyard, thus the background suggesting the site of its rediscovery may be the printmaker’s invention. Dente depicted the sculpture in its almost original state, without later supplements. His print shows similarities to the Budapest drawing, but has no direct connection with it.