Raphael, Dürer, and Marcantonio Raimondi


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Copying and the Italian Renaissance Print

Lisa Pon


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In early sixteenth-century Italy, works of art came to be understood as unique objects made by individuals of genius, giving rise to a new sense of the artist as the author of his images. At the same time, the practice of engraving, a medium that produced multiple printed images via collaborative processes, rapidly developed. In this book, Lisa Pon examines how images passed between artists and considers how printing techniques affected the authorship of images.

Pon focuses on the encounters between the engraver Marcantonio Raimondi and three key artists: Albrecht Dürer, Raphael, and Giorgio Vasari. She reevaluates their work in light of the tensions between possessive authorship and practical collaboration in the visual arts.

Lisa Pon is associate curator of academic programs, Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College.

"A fastinating study."—Bibliothèque d'Humanisme et Renaissance

“Pon addresses the interesting ways in which drawing, printmaking, and book publishing overlapped during the Renaissance and the multiple interactions between originality and copying. . . . It is thorough, well-written, and authoritative. . . . Its greatest use will be among art historians, Renaissance historians, students of the early years of printmaking and book publishing, and perhaps, students of semiotics.”—Choice

Raphael, Durer, and Marcantonic Raimondi: Copying and the Italian Renaissance Print by Lisa Pon is a rare, lucid, generously illustrated 215 page volume on works of art in early 16th century Italy.”—Byron Ireland, Day By Day

"Provocative. . . . Well informed, brisk, intelligent, and often highly original."—Colin Eisler, Renaissance Quarterly

"Lisa Pon succeeds admirably at detailing the vital nascence of the print culture surrounding the three luminaries named in her book's title. This book is a useful addition to the literature on Renaissance prints. It augments Oberhuber's work on Marcantonio substantially. It also fills the void between Landau's and Parshall's survey of the Renaissance print and Elizabeth Eisenstein's book on the printing press as an agent of change."—Arthur J. Di Furia, Sixteenth Century Journal

"Lisa Pon's engrossing, well-written book is a major contribution to the growing body of literature on printmaking in the Italian Renaissance. Peppered with insights, often delivered in elegant turns of phrase, Pon's book is essential reading for all who are interested in how Renaissance prints were made, published and described in the sixteenth century; what they meant to their original makers and consumers; and above all, how they contributed to the fashioning of artistic identity."—Mark Zucker, Visual Resources

"Original and stimulating. . . . The author has succeeded both in shedding significant new light upon the activities of her chief protagonist, Marcantanio, while also addressing the broader problem of the status of prints in the dominant artistic culture of Cinquecento Italy. It constitutes a very useful addition to the growing literature on print culture of the Renaissance."—Andrew Morall, H-German
ISBN: 9780300096804
Publication Date: February 9, 2004
224 pages, 7 1/2 x 10
58 b/w + 37 color illus.
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