The Miraculous Draught of Fishes
Etching, 191 × 271 mm
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest 6308
The Venetian painter and etcher, Andrea Schiavone got acquainted with Raphael’s composition most probably through the chiaroscuro woodcut by Ugo da Carpi. Schiavone’s painterly etchings, characterised by their soft surface and rich gradations of tone, were created with an innovative application of the technique. As in many other instances, he had no intention to imitate his model faithfully: Schiavone not only remodelled the figures and the landscape, but by placing the background mountains to the other side, he altered the arrangement of the original composition.