RAIMONDI, Marcantonio
(1475-80 – before 1534):

Two Satyrs punishing a Nymph

Engraving, ca. 1510-30. Bartsch XIV, 231, 305
Provenance: Ink initials PM and date 16(?)79, but not resembling the initials typical of Pierre Mariette II; John Barnard (d. 1784, Lugt 1420), lot 52 in his sale of April 16 1798 and following, sold to auctioneer Th. Philipe; George Hibbert (1757-1837, Lugt 2849), his sale of April 17-30, 1809, at Th. Philipe containing “de beaux Marc-Antoine”; Alfred Morrison (1821-97, Lugt 151); indecipherable ink paraphe; Giancarlo Beltrame (d. 2011)

A good, black, even impression, trimmed to or on the borderline all round. A horizontal printer’s crease, a soft central fold visible on the verso, skinning in upper and lower left corners verso, with reinforcement in the former, pin-holes in all four corners, red chalk and a few pale brown spots on verso, generally in good condition. 186 x 134mm.
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This exceedingly rare print points to a market for lascivious subjects which Marcantonio Raimondi catered to in his sophisticated Roman milieu. It is in an early style of execution, and considerably more innocent than his subsequent series called I Modi depicting explicit sexual positions, which probably reproduced frescoes being painted by Giulio Romano for Federico Gonzaga. First published in 1524, I Modi were quickly supressed by Pope Clement VII, and Raimondi was imprisoned. When he was released he did not shrink from putting out a second edition with explicit poems by Pietro Aretino in 1527. Again all impressions that could be located were seized by papal order, and today I Modi are known only by a few fragments or by later copies, such as those thought to be by Agostino Carracci. It is likely that the above subject, which in this impression passed through a series of distinguished collections, was at risk of similar, if less comprehensive, destruction.