Raimondi, Marcantonio (1480-1534)

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Marcantonio Raimondi, Italian engraver, was born and died in Bologna in c1480-c1534. His teacher was Francia and he studied the works of prestigious masters from North as well. In Venice in 1506 he executed imitations of the prints of A.Durer: 17 plates with the Life of Virgin, and 37 with the Little Passion. After a sojourn in Florence in 1508, he settled in Rome in 1511 where opened a very successful school. He was engraving the works of Michelangelo and Bandinelli. In 1526 he was imprisoned for reproduction of 16 pornographic plates by G.Romano, and his works were destroyed.

The Sack of Rome in 1527, forced him to escape to Bologna. Here he stopped any activity and died in poverty. The works of Raimondi, all of very high quality, were dedicated to the themes of ancient classics and of Raphael, whom he knew personally in 1510-1520 and reproduced some 70 of Raphael's paintigns and designs.

Until the end of the 19th century he was considered the greatest engraver of all the times, but in reality he was just an able copy-maker. Nevertheless thanks to his prints the whole of Europe got to know the Italian Renaissance.

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