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Wednesday 19 October 2016

Ferrero’s line engraving after Raphael’s “Judgement of Paris”

Giovanni Francesco Ferrero (fl. c.1830–62)
“The Judgement of Paris”, 1820, after the engraving of the same name by Marcantonio Raimondi (c.1460–before 1534), published in “Raccolta delle migliori composizioni di Raffaello, Pusssino, Domenichino e di altri celebri pittori = Recueil des meilleures compositions de Raphael, Poussin, Domeniquin, et des autres celebres paintres” (1820) (see
Line engraving on wove paper
Size: (sheet) 22.9 x 30.9 cm; (plate) 10.4 x 15.4 cm; (image borderline) 9.6 x 14.6 cm
Inscribed below the image borderline: (left) “Rafaello S. inv,”; (centre) “II Giudizio di Paride”; (right) “CXL G.F.”

Condition: crisp impression with generous margins. The sheet is in very good condition for its age (i.e. there are no tears, abrasions, holes or significant stains).

I am selling this small line engraving for the total cost of AU$92 (currently US$70.55/EUR64.17/GBP57.39 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world. If you are interested in purchasing this original print based on Raphael’s design that Manet appropriated in part for his painting, “Le déjeuner sur l'herbe” (Luncheon on the Grass), please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make your payment easy.

This print has been sold

Although I have discussed Raphael’s design for this composition before with regard to where Raphael acquired the original idea (viz. a relief carved on a Roman sarcophagus in the Villa Medici) and its subsequent history of other artists who used the design (viz. Raimondi and Manet), I now realise that I failed to explain the narrative underpinning the composition.  To ensure that I do not give incorrect information, I will rely on the description offered by the Metropolitan Museum of Art:
“Depicted here is the incident that sparked the Trojan War: Paris being forced to decide which goddess—Juno, Minerva, or Venus—was the most beautiful. He chose Venus, seen receiving the golden apple upon promising to help him woo the most beautiful woman alive, Helen of Troy.” (

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