Marcantonio Raimondi, Raphael and the image multiplied

Edited by Edward H. Wouk

Marcantonio Raimondi, Raphael and the image multiplied

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-0956-9
  • Pages: 240
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £25.00
  • Published Date: September 2016
  • BIC Category: ART / Individual Artists / Monographs, ART / History / Renaissance, ART / History / General, The arts / Individual artists, art monographs, Renaissance Art, The arts / History of art & design styles: c 1400 to c 1600, Renaissance style, History of art, 16th century, c 1500 to c 1599, 15th century, c 1400 to c 1499, The arts / History of art / art & design styles


Best known for his partnership with Raphael, the engraver Marcantonio Raimondi (c. 1480-c. 1534) enabled Renaissance artists to disseminate their designs in print, advancing a revolution in visual communication that still reverberates in our own information age. Yet Marcantonio did more than render compositions by famous artists in the novel medium of engraving. The entries and essays in this catalogue, written by a group of international scholars and published to accompany the first exhibition of Marcantonio's work in over three decades, reveal the diversity of Marcantonio's oeuvre and the scope of his innovation as the leading printmaker of the Italian Renaissance. In-depth studies of Marcantonio's engravings expand our knowledge of his collaboration with Raphael, while also probing Marcantonio's creative response to the dynamic humanist culture in his native Bologna and later in Venice and Rome. Contributions also examine engravings by Marcantonio's 'followers' and consider the importance of his work to the history of print collecting.


'The catalogue is exceptional in its detailed inclusion and translation of historic records and archives such as those of Frédéric Maximilien Waldeck, the collections of the Rylands Library, and the Raphael Collection of the Prince Consort at Windsor castle, among others. Its contributions, moreover, offer invaluable historical context, shedding light on the commercial potential of the relatively new technical process of metal-plate engraving, the growing influence of print dealers and publishers in early modern Europe, and beyond this, the aesthetic and commercial value of the printed image. Through catalogue essays, the reader is thus presented with a comprehensive journey of early visual reproduction, which brought with it new audiences and the development of commercial awareness and acumen. The story, although specific to Raphael, Marcantonio, and Renaissance Italy, is not dissimilar from that of countless other artists in history, who try to earn a living by experimenting with emerging technologies. These themes seem all too familiar, resonant with current discourses surrounding digital media and the issues regarding mass communication and copyright, exploitation and censorship, which are now encountered to a greater degree than ever before through access to and reliance on the internet and global dissemination via the web.'
Christopher Taylor, University of Leeds, CAA Reviews

'This handsome catalogue accompanied an exhibition devoted to Marcantonio Raimondi held at the Whitworth, the art gallery of the University of Manchester, and is a welcome addition to the growing body of literature on the Renaissance engraver... Overall, the present catalogue provides a fresh analysis of Raimondi's artistic output that is accessible to a wide audience at all levels.'
Giancarlo Fiorenza, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Renaissance Quarterly

'Edward Wouk and his team at Manchester thus have added major insights to our existing knowledge, but they have also stimulated wider reflection in our critical thinking with this handsome, timely catalogue.'
Larry Silver, AAH Reviews 2017


Foreword by Maria Balshaw CBE, Director of the Whitworth and Manchester City Galleries
Introduction - Edward H. Wouk
Biographical notes on Marcantonio Raimondi and the publisher Il Baviera - Edward H. Wouk and Guido Rebecchini
Part I: The Art of Marcantonio Raimondi
1. The Forest around the Fir Tree: Looking for Marcantonio Raimondi's Art - Patricia Emison
2. Troubled Waters: Marcantonio Raimondi and Dürer's Nightmares on the Shore - Beverly Brown
3. Dido and Lucretia: Raphael's Designs and Marcantonio's Engravings - Paul Joannides
4. From Death to Print: The Morbetto and the Power of Engraving in Raphael's Rome - Edward H. Wouk
5. Raphael's Vitruvius and Marcantonio Raimondi's Caryatid Façade - Kathleen Christian
Part II: Collecting Marcantonio Raimondi
6. The Spencer Album of Marcantonio Raimondi Prints in the John Rylands Library - Lisa Pon and Edward H. Wouk
7. The Clough Collection of Prints at the Whitworth Institute - David Morris
8. The Manuscript Notes of Frederic Maximilien [de] Waldeck (1766?-1875) on Marcantonio Raimondi - Henri Zerner
9. The Raphael Collection of the Prince Consort at Windsor Castle - Tatiana Bissolati
Part III: Catalogue of the Exhibition
Entries for Sixty Objects


Edward Wouk is Lecturer in Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Manchester

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