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Venus and Cupid

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

Catalogue Raisonné

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


Sheet: 17.6 x 13.2 cm (6 15/16 x 5 3/16 in.)(trimmed within the platemark)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



This print is another impression of the print from the British Museum used to illustrate the third state of Bartsch 286 in The Illustrated Bartsch. The print from the Albertina used to illustrate Bartsch’s second state (of which MFA accession number P1253 is another impression) appears to be an entirely different print, not an earlier 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)


Engraved in the plate, bottom left, "ANT. SAL. EXC."; engraved in the plate, bottom center, "Horatius Pacificus Formis"


Verso, lower center, stamped in violet ink, the mark of the MFA Babcock Bequest (Lugt 207); verso, lower center, stamped in violet ink, the mark of the MFA (Lugt 1868)


William Perkins Babcock, Boston, Paris (1826-1899); his bequest to the MFA 1900

Credit Line

Bequest of William Perkins Babcock