About this artwork

The most famous of Dürer’s Italian copyists, the Bolognese printmaker Marcantonio Raimondi, translated Dürer’s woodcuts into engravings. Despite the different technique they are astonishingly close to the originals. Raimondi retained Dürer’s monogram and did not reveal his own identity as the actual engraver. The Florentine artist and biographer Giorgio Vasari, in his ‘Lives of the Most Eminent Painters Sculptors and Architects’ (1568), gave an account of the events: Raimondi had seen Dürer’s prints in Venice and astonished by Dürer’s style and technique, he started copying these prints so closely that they were taken for the German master’s works. According to Vasari, Dürer was infuriated when he received the copies. He set out for Venice and complained about Raimondi to the senate there. Consequently, Raimondi was no longer allowed to use his name or monogram on his prints after Dürer’s models.

Updated before 2020

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