Tuesday, 18 October 2016
Marco Dente’s “The Judgement of Paris” after Marcantonio Raimondi
Marco Dente (1515–97)
“The Judgement of Paris” 1515–27 after the engraving by Marcantonio Raimondi (c.1460–before 1534)
Engraving on heavy laid paper
Size: (sheet) 29.8 x 44.5 cm; (plate) 29.3 x 43.7 cm; (image borderline) 29 x 43 cm
State I (of I)
Inscribed with the artist’s signature and date in the image (upper right) and annotated below the borderline: (lower right) "Léo Drouyn inv. et. sculp."; (lower centre) “LES DERNIÈRES FEUILLES”
Bartsch XIV,198,246; Delaborde 114, Copy 1
Condition: exceptionally rich impression of the utmost rarity with minimal margins. The sheet is in exceptionally fine condition (i.e. there are no tears, foxing or stains). The lower- left corner of the margin is lacking but the impression within the platemarks is complete. There is the central fold as published (?) but this fold is flattened and is barely visible. On the verso is a collector's mark in ink there are pencil and notations.
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This print has been sold
This detail from Dente’s rare engraving should catch most viewer’s attention as it is virtually the same arrangement of three figures that Manet referenced for his most famous—and historically infamous—painting, “Le déjeuner sur l’herbe” (Luncheon on the Grass). Although Manet appropriated this image through Titian’s appropriation of the same group of figures, Manet and Titian were not alone in their copying. Dente who copied Raimondi’s engraving was actually referencing a much earlier work by Raphael of the same grouping of figures and even Raphael was referencing an even earlier carved relief of the same group on a Roman sarcophagus in the Villa Medici.
Artists have always visually cannibalised the past. From my standpoint, this is not a problem, but hopefully the past is refreshed with current issues and sensitivities.