Marcantonio Raimondi, ‘Two Fauns Carrying a Child’, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

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About Marcantonio Raimondi

Marcantonio Raimondi was a prolific engraver who published over 300 prints disseminating the style of the High Renaissance worldwide. Raimondi began his training at the workshop of the goldsmith and painter Francesco Raibolini; he also studied by copying many of Albrecht Dürer’s prints. He later focused on translating to print the designs and paintings of renowned Renaissance artists like Michelangelo and Raphael, who collaborated with Raimondi to make original works as well. Though the figures and compositions of these prints were not his own, Raimondi excelled in rendering landscapes, as well as with his techniques of shading; his prints had a rich tonal quality that the artist achieved by roughening his plates with pumice before engraving lines. Raimondi’s career declined following his arrest for publishing a series of salacious images in 1524, based on Giulio Romano’s paintings.

Italian, ca. 1480 - ca. 1534, Bologna, Italy, based in Bologna, Italy