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Venus and Cupid

1516
Possibly by Agostino Veneziano (Italian, about 1490–after 1536), Possibly by Unidentified artist, Italian, 16th century (Italian), After Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio or Santi) (Italian, 1483–1520)


Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch XIV.218.286, ii/iii; Passavant 48 (see note)

Dimensions

Sheet: 17.8 x 13.2 cm (7 x 5 3/16 in.)(trimmed slightly within the platemark at the top; thread margins on the other three sides)

Accession Number

P1253

Medium or Technique

Engraving

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

This print is another impression of the print from the Albertina used to illustrate the second state of Bartsch 286 in The Illustrated Bartsch. The print from the British Museum used to illustrate Bartsch’s third state (of which MFA accession number B3593 is another impression) appears to be an entirely different print, not a reworked state. Note the stipple work in the “second state” in the space between the center of Cupid’s bow and the bowstring to the left, which is absent in the “third state,” the difference in the horizontal hatching in the triangular space under Cupid’s right arm, and the differences in the small mounds in the bottom right corner of the prints. The faces are slightly different in the two prints, and those in the “third state” seem to be by the better hand. (S.A. Bergquist July 19, 2010)

Markings

Verso, lower left, stamped in red ink, the mark of Henry F. Sewall, New York (1816-1896)(Lugt 1309); verso, lower left, stamped in violet ink, the mark of the MFA Harvey D. Parker Collection (Lugt 1870)

Provenance

Henry F. Sewall, New York (1816-1896)(Lugt 1309); purchased by MFA November 1897

Credit Line

Harvey D. Parker Collection—Harvey Drury Parker Fund