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The Apollo Belvedere from the Vatican his left hand resting on the tree trunk around which coils a python

Marcantonio Raimondi (Italian, Argini (?) ca. 1480–before 1534 Bologna (?))
ca. 1510–27
11 7/16 x 6 3/8 in. (29.1 x 16.2 cm)
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1949
Accession Number:
Not on view
The Apollo Belvedere was discovered near Rome in the late fifteenth century. Possibly a second-century marble copy of a bronze original by the Greek sculptor Leochares, the statue was immediately appreciated as a masterpiece and showered with praise. Probably once in the private collection of Cardinal Giuliano della Rovere (later Pope Julius II, r. 1503–13), it was moved to the Vatican in 1509 and placed, in 1511, in the Cortile del Belvedere, from which it derives its name. Raimondi's print became an important vehicle through which knowledge of the statue was transmitted far beyond the Vatican. He is famous for his many engravings after the designs of Raphael, including images such as the Judgment of Paris (19.74.1), scenes that, like the Apollo, illustrate Renaissance interest in classical antiquity and mythology. Here, Raimondi's mastery for replicating the effects of light on marble produces a convincing impression of the statue's form. Many artists incorporated the Apollo's much-lauded pose into their own work. Albrecht Dürer reverses the position of the figure's limbs and Apollo becomes Adam, reaching for the fruited branch offered by Eve in the 1504 engraving (19.73.1). A similar figure of Apollo, whose outstretched arm grasps—too late—a fleeing nymph, appears in the 1625 marble group Apollo and Daphne by the Roman Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598–1680).
Inscription: inscription: SIC. ROMAE. EX. MARMORE. SCVLPTO

Marking: Albertina duplicate stamp on verso, in black ink, bottom left corner.
Graphische Sammlung Albertina
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," April 14, 1997–July 20, 1997.

Palazzo Vecchio, Sala d'Arme, Florence. "Giovinezza di Michelangelo," October 6, 1999–January 10, 2000.

Grey Art Gallery, New York University. "Paper Museums: The Reproductive Print in Europe, 1500–1850," September 13, 2005–December 3, 2005.

Bartsch XIV.249.331; Delaborde 1887, no.106 (only state)
Adam von Bartsch Le Peintre graveur. Vienna, 1803.

Henri Delaborde Marc Antonio Raimondi étude historique et critique, suivie d'un catalogue raisonné des ouevres du maitre. Paris, 1887.

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