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album cover for Life of the Virgin
  • Marcantonio Raimondi, artist
    circa 1470 or 1482–1534
    born: Argini, near Bologna, Papal States (present-day Italy) ; died: Bologna, Papal States (present-day Italy)
    Albrecht Dürer
    born: Nuremberg, Holy Roman Empire (present-day Germany) ; died: Nuremberg, Holy Roman Empire (present-day Germany) ; active: Holy Roman Empire (prese
  • album cover for Life of the Virgin, 1506
  • Life of the Virgin
  • Where object was made: Italy
  • engraving
  • Paper Type: laid
  • Gift of the Max Kade Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 1977.0050
Label Text

Archive Label 2003:
Among the most famous copies after Dürer are the engravings by the Italian artist Marcantonio Raimondi of Dürer’s Life of the Virgin woodcuts. Dürer, who visited Italy twice, was enraged that Raimondi not only copied his prints but that he had the audacity to copy his monogram as well. This may have inspired the admonition that he gave to the 1511 bound editions of the Life of the Virgin and the small woodcut Passion, “Woe to you! Thieves and imitators of other people’s labour and talents. Beware of laying your audacious hand upon this work!”