Raphael and his Mistress

mid 16th century
Unidentified artist, Italian, 16th century (Italian), After Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio or Santi) (Italian, 1483–1520)


Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch XII.141.3 (see Notes)

Dimensions

Sheet: 29.5 x 21.6 cm (11 5/8 x 8 1/2 in.)(trimmed into the image on all four sides)

Accession Number

64.1128

Medium or Technique

Chiaroscuro woodcut, printed from four blocks in black and three shades of orange-brown

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Bartsch describes two variants of this print, one with a shadow behind the woman’s back, and one without. This impression has the shadow. However, the work behind Raphael’s back looks like that in the impression without the shadow illustrated in The Illustrated Bartsch, rather than that of the impression with the shadow.

Markings

Recto, top left-center, in pen and black ink, the mark of Pierre Mariette II, Paris (1634-1716)(Lugt 1789), 1666; verso of backing sheet, lower center, in pen and brown ink, the mark of Jean Mariette, Paris (1660-1742)(Lugt 1786a), 1730; verso of backing sheet, center, in pen and brown ink, an unidentified mark (not in Lugt); verso of backing sheet, bottom left, in pen and brown ink, an unidentified paraph (not in Lugt); verso of backing sheet, upper center, stamped in brown ink, the mark of the MFA W.G. Russell Allen Bequest (not in Lugt)

Provenance

Pierre Mariette II, Paris (1634-1716)(Lugt 1789), 1666; Jean Mariette, Paris (1660-1742)(Lugt 1786a), 1730; two unidentified colectors (not in Lugt); W.G. Russell Allen, Boston (1882-1955); his bequest to the MFA September 23, 1964

Credit Line

Bequest of W. G. Russell Allen