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Saturday 29 July 2023

Girard Audran’s etching, “Cupid with the Thunderbolts of Jupiter”, c.1670, after Raphael

Girard Audran (aka Gérard Audran) (1640–1703)

“Cupid with the Thunderbolts of Jupiter”, c.1670 (1662–1690), plate 2 from the series of fourteen plates (Robert-Dumesnil 105–118), “Angels of the Farnesina Ceiling” (aka “Angles du plafond de la Farnesine, à Rome”), after a lunette from the ceiling of the Psyche loggia (Loggia di Psiche) in the Villa Farnesina in Rome, designed by Raphael (aka Raffaello Santi; Raffaello Sanzio; Raffaello) (1483–1520). Early impression before the addition of the text line: “Raphael Inventor G. Audran delineavit et sculpsit Romae superiorum licentia cum privilegio Regis”.

Etching printed in a warm black ink on laid paper (with watermark), trimmed slightly within the triangular plate, but retaining the complete image borderline.

Size: (sheet) 22 x 28.7 cm.

Robert-Dumesnil 106 (A.-P.-F. Robert-Dumesnil 1865, “Le Peintre-Graveur Français …”, vol. 9, p. 298, cat. no. 106; see; IFF 114 ((Département des Estampes 1930, “Inventaire du Fonds Français: graveurs du XVIIe siècle”, Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, cat. no. 114); LeBlanc 164–177 (Charles Le Blanc, “Manuel de l'amateur d'estampes: contenant le dictionnaire des graveurs de toutes les nations”, vol. 1, Paris, p. 164, cat. nos. 164–177).

See also the description of this print offered by the British Museum:

Condition: a well-printed impression trimmed within the platemark on the top and lower edges. The sheet is in an excellent condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, significant stains or foxing.

I am selling this unusual and beautiful etching, that is shaped according to Raphael’s lunette ceiling painting in the Villa Farnesina (Rome), for AU$256 in total (currently US$171.11/EUR154.82/GBP136.29 at the time of posting this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.

If you are interested in purchasing this interesting triangular shaped etching, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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