after Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio) / The Judgment of Paris / ca. 1517-20after Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio)
The Judgment of Paris
ca. 1517-20

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Creator Name: Raphael
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Italian
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: Italian, 1483 - 1520
Creator Name-CRT: after Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio)
Creator Name: Raimondi, Marcantonio
Creator Dates/Places: ca. 1475-1480; died by 1534
Creator Name-CRT: Marcantonio Raimondi, Italian
Creator Qualifier: after
Creator Name-CRT: Raphael
Title: The Judgment of Paris
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Creation Start Date: 1517
Creation End Date: 1520
Creation Date: ca. 1517-20
Object Type: Prints
Materials and Techniques: engraving
Dimensions: Clipped Impression, Plate Line: 11 5/8 x 17 1/4 in. (29.5 x 43.8 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 19.74.1
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1919

The work of Raphael represents a culminating point of Renaissance art, and thus the engravings of Marcantonio Raimondi, replicating Raphael's compositions for his contemporaries and for posterity, can be seen as the quintessential Renaissance prints. A native of Bologna, Marcantonio arrived in Rome about 1509 and began reproducing Raphael's designs. Many of these works had been made in preparation for frescoes, but some of the best known, including 'The Judgment of Paris,' seem to have been created expressly to be engraved. Vasari wrote of this print that Raphael drew 'to please himself . . . the Chariot of the Sun, the nymphs of the wood, . . . the fountains, and . . . the rivers, with vases, rudders, and other beautiful fanciful things all around.' In Rome at this time excavation and collecting of antique statuary were carried on with fervor, and Raphael, besides working on the major pictorial decoration in the Vatican Palace, was also the superintendent of antiquities from 1515 on. 'The Judgment of Paris' is a free adaptation from sculpted reliefs on two antique sarcophagi, one being the very one that, a generation earlier, had inspired Mantegna's 'Bacchanal with a Wine Vat' (1986.1159). Marcantonio's engraving in turn inspired many other works, most famously Manet's 'Luncheon on the Grass.'

AMICA ID: MMA_.19.74.1
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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