190 × 75 mm
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest 1934
The scrupulously executed classical nude, evoking the Aphrodite of Knidos by Praxiteles, is usually associated with the frescoes of the Psyche Loggia in the Villa Farnesina, Rome, completed in 1519. However, the drawing may be related to the frescoes only by virtue of its subject: not only its manner is distinct from Raphael’s late drawings, but contrary to the preparatory studies for the Loggia, almost exclusively in red chalk, it was executed in silverpoint. Although the Budapest Venus was not intended in preparation for a print, the figure reappears in an almost identical form in one of the last engravings by Marcantonio Raimondi and Raphael, The Judgement of Paris.