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The Offer of Love

A work made of engraving on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving on ivory laid paper.

Date:

c. 1506

Artist:

Marcantonio Raimondi (Italian, c. 1480-1534)
after Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528)

About this artwork

Albrecht Dürer resorted to legal action to protect his artworks from copyists, based in part on Marcantonio Raimondi’s practice of reissuing woodcuts from Dürer’s Life of the Virgin book as engravings. This secular engraving (representing two lovers acting out of ulterior, financial motives) is one case in which the print media matches the original. Stylistically, there is no comparison between the intricacy of Dürer’s lines and Marcantonio’s dryer flecks and outlines. But contemporary buyers did not always know the difference. Although Dürer won the right to exclusive use of his “AD” monogram, the Venetian senate ruled that his images could still be copied.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Marcantonio Raimondi

Title

The Offer of Love

Origin

Italy

Date

Made 1501–1511

Medium

Engraving on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

155 x 141 mm

Credit Line

John H. Wrenn Memorial Collection

Reference Number

1947.690

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