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A Perfume Burner With Caryatids

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1490-1534 (engraved)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dente, Marco da Ravenna (Engraver)
    Raphael, born 1483 - died 1520 (Designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving

  • Museum number:

    29459:8

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case EO, shelf 15

This engraving shows a perfume burner with caryatids, or supporting columns in the form of a draped female figure. The print is a copied by Marco Dente da Ravenna from an earlier print by Marcantonio Raimondi. The now famous caryatids of the Erectheum in Athens were unknown in the 16th century – these caryatids are probably derived from Roman sculptures in the Greek Style.

The perfume burner was designed about 1515–20 for King Francois I of France. His symbol was the lizard-like salamander, and two salamanders can be seen above the caryatids’ heads.

Physical description

Print, engraving of a perfume burner with caryatids. The perfume burner was designed about 1515-20 for King Francois I of France. The print is a copy of an earlier print by Marcantonio Raimondi.
'La Cassolette'; Two women supporting a richly-chased casket; Print on paper.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

ca. 1490-1534 (engraved)

Artist/maker

Dente, Marco da Ravenna (Engraver)
Raphael, born 1483 - died 1520 (Designer)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving

Dimensions

Height: 30.5 cm Cut to, Width: 14.2 cm Cut to

Object history note

The perfume burner was designed about 1515-20 for King Francois I of France whose badge was the lizard-like salamander. The now famous caryatids of the Erectheum in Athens were unknown in the 16th century - these caryatids are probably derived from Roman sculptures in the Greek Style. Marco Dente is copying a print by Marcantonio Raimondi.
'The original plate but retouched was in existence some short time ago and impressions taken from it were published in the Gazette des Beaux-Arts, vol. xv., p. 268, where it is stated that M. Emile Galichon was the "lucky possessor."'
From: DYCE COLLECTION. A Catalogue of the Paintings, Miniatures, Drawings, Engravings, Rings and Miscellaneous Objects Bequeathed by The Reverend Alexander Dyce. London : South Kensington Museum : Printed by G.E. Eyre and W. Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1874.

Descriptive line

Print, engraving of a perfume burner with caryatids, by Marco Dente (da Ravenna), reversed copy of a print by Marcantonio Raimondi after Raphael, Italy, about 1520

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

DYCE COLLECTION. A Catalogue of the Paintings, Miniatures, Drawings, Engravings, Rings and Miscellaneous Objects Bequeathed by The Reverend Alexander Dyce. London : South Kensington Museum : Printed by G.E. Eyre and W. Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1874.
Miller, E., 16th-century Italian ornament prints in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1999, p. 215 (cat. 61).

Labels and date

The full text of the label is as follows:

"PRINT: A PERFUME BURNER WITH CARYATIDS
Italian, about 1520
Engraving by Marco Dente (da Ravenna, died 1527) after Raphael (1483-1520)

The perfume burner was designed about 1515-20 for King Françoise I of France, whose badge was the lizard-like salamander. The now famous caryatids of the Erectheum in Athens were unknown in the 16th century - these caryatids are probably derived from Roman sculptures in the Greek style. Marco Dente is copying a print by Marcantonio Raimondi.

29459.8" []

Production Note

Reversed copy and reissue

Subjects depicted

Classicism; Incense burners; Caryatids

Categories

Prints; Containers; Personal accessories; Ornament prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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