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up to and including 12 January 2013

Raphael's Gods

Various presentations are held in the print gallery of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen from time to time. In the autumn of 2012, the museum accommodated a selection of works by sixteenth Century engraver Marcantonio Raimondi and his school.

The Italian Renaissance sparked new interest in Classical mythology and history. The stories of Greek and Roman gods and heroes, like those told by Ovid in his Metamorphoses, were popular with painters and sculptors. The most famous mythological compositions were painted by Raphael and his pupils in Rome in the early 16th century.

Marcantonio Raimondi and his followers

From 1510 onwards, Raphael worked closely with the engraver Marcantonio Raimondi, who made prints from his designs with great skill. Raimondi’s innovative engraving style was the ideal technique for reproducing drawings and paintings and was the model for various pupils and followers. The exhibition in the print gallery showed engravings by Raimondi and his followers, like Giorgio Ghisi and Marco Dente. On display were also works by engravers such as Agostino Veneziano and "the Master of the Die", who put designs by artists like Baccio Bandinelli and Michiel Coxie into print.