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Venus (or Galatea) Riding on Dolphins

late 16th–early 17th century
Unidentified artist, Italian, 16th century, Copied after Agostino Carracci (Italian, 1557–1602)

Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch 129 (copy in reverse); Bohlin 181, presumably Copy 6 (see Notes); Illustrated Bartsch 203, either Copy 2 or Copy 6 (see Notes)


Sheet: 28.3 x 21.7 cm (11 1/8 x 8 9/16 in.) Platemark: 16.1 x 11.8 cm (6 5/16 x 4 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



Illustrated Bartsch cites this impression as being an impression of TIB 203, Copy 2. It is indeed an impression of the print illustrated in TIB as Copy 2. However, it has a blank lower margin, as described in Bohlin 181, Copy 6 (which seems to be the same plate as TIB 203, Copy 6), and the platemark of this impression measures 161 x 118 mm, which accords closely with the measurements given in Bohlin and TIB for Copy 6 of 161 x 119 mm. It may be that impressions of Bohlin and TIB Copy 2 are either impressions of Copy 6 with the bottom margin trimmed off, or impressions taken after the plate was cut down.


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