The Judgment of Paris

1517–20
Marcantonio Raimondi (Italian, 1480–1527/34), After Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio or Santi) (Italian, 1483–1520)


Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch 245, i/ii; Passavant VI, 25, 137

Dimensions

Sheet: 29.4 x 43.5 cm (11 9/16 x 17 1/8 in.)(trimmed within the platemark)

Accession Number

27.1390

Medium or Technique

Engraving

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

These two versions of the Judgment of Paris (M35557 and 1963.2834) illustrate the essential differences between the Italian and French styles. Marcantonio’s sculptural treatment of figures in space contrasts with the more decorative, linear surface patterns of Mignon. Mantegna was the first Italian painter who extensively used engravers to make prints after his designs. His use of subjects from classical antiquity made these prints popular throughout the Renaissance. His energetic line was admired and emulated by many artists, including the French engraver Jean Duvet.

Markings

Verso, bottom left, stamped in blue-green ink, an unidentified mark (not in Lugt); verso, lower right-center, stamped in brown ink, the mark of the MFA (Lugt 282)

Provenance

An unidentified collector (mark not in Lugt); Horatio Greenough Curtis; Mrs. Horatio Greenough Curtis; her bequest to the MFA June 21, 1927

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Horatio Greenough Curtis in memory of her husband Horatio Greenough Curtis