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Marcantonio Raimondi (c. 1470/1482 - 1527/1534)
Works of Art

Raimondi was one of the most important printmakers of the Italian Renaissance, he helped to establish engraving as a reproductive medium He made 300 prints, all apparently based on designs of other artists, though he is best known for his prints after Raphael and the Antique.
His creative contribution to his models is suggested by the apparent freedom with which he modified the compositions he engraved. The widespread dissemination of Raphael’s designs was due to his prints.

In 1510 there was no school of engraving in Rome; Raimondi took this as an opportunity to fund a school of engravers and to create a financially and artistically successful commerce in prints.