Raphael and His Mistress

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

Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch XII.141.3 (see Notes)


Sheet: 34.7 x 23.6 cm (13 11/16 x 9 5/16 in.) Image: 31.1 x 22.8 cm (12 1/4 x 9 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Chiaroscuro woodcut, printed from four blocks in light orange-brown, medium orange-brown, dark orange-brown, and black

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



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


Verso of backing sheet, center, stamped in brown ink, the mark of the MFA W.G. Russell Allen Bequest (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