Ugo da Carpi (Italian, flourished ca. 150232), after Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio or Santi) (Italian, Marchigian, 14831520)
Chiaroscuro woodcut from two blocks; sheet 11 15/16 x 8 7/8 in. (30.3 x 22.6 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1922 (22.67.80)
The starting point for Raphael's design was a fragmentary ancient statue of Hercules and Antaeus in the Vatican (now Palazzo Pitti, Florence) that he imagined completed and brought to life. In this beautiful example of Ugo's early cutting technique, fine lines are used to translate both the shading and the highlights of Raphael's lost drawing.