Venus and Cupid on Dolphins
engraving, circa 1515-20, on laid paper, watermark Anchor in Circle with Star (not in Woodward), a good impression of the second state (of three), with Salamanca's address
Plate 267 x 175 mm.
Sheet 325 x 219 mm.
Bartsch 324
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This engraving by Marco Dente is after a design by Raphael, now lost, used by Giulio Romano for his fresco on the south wall of the Stufetta of cardinal Bibbiena - a small room in the Apostolic Palace, at the Vatican, that originally served as a washroom for the cardinal. The engraving differs from the fresco in some details, such as the cityscape in the background and the two winds above, which may indicate that these elements were present in Raphael's drawing.

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