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God Commanding Noah to Build the Ark

A work made of engraving in black on tan laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on tan laid paper.




Marco Dente da Ravenna (Italian, about 1486–1527)
after Raffaello Sanzio, called Raphael (Italian, 1483-1520)

About this artwork

Marco Dente reproduced Raphael’s fresco from the Stanza d’Eliodoro of the Vatican in the same direction as his teacher, Marcantonio Raimondi. The two prints are nearly identical, though both differ significantly from the final painting. Indeed, the artists may have been working from the same workshop drawing. A later owner of this sheet emphasized the relationship to Marcantonio by drawing in an “M” monogram on the steps at the right that doesn’t belong. The number of variations on this composition suggests that demand for the subject matter was high, especially considering the restricted access to the original painting.


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Prints and Drawings


Marco Dente da Ravenna


God Commanding Noah to Build the Ark


Italy (Artist's nationality)


Made 1520


Engraving in black on tan laid paper


30 × 24.5 cm (11 13/16 × 9 11/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

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