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La Cène aux pieds [The Last Supper], after Raphael

circa 1515-1516
15th-16th century
29.7 cm x 43 cm (11 11/16 in. x 16 15/16 in.)

Marcantonio Raimondi (Argini, Italy, circa 1470 or 1482 - circa 1527-1534, Bologna, Italy) Primary

Object Type: print
Artist Nationality: Europe, Italian
Medium and Support: Engraving
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002
Accession Number: 2002.1704

This engraving is traditionally called the Cène aux pieds – the “supper with the feet” – because those of the Apostles seem so conspicuous under the table. Bartsch believed the print to be “one of Raimondi’s most perfect and rare.” In its formal calculation and lofty ethos, it is certainly one of the great demonstrations of the classical style in early 16th-century printmaking. In collaboration with Raphael, Raimondi established the conventions and proved the profitability of translating works from other media into engraving. Steinberg’s collection includes 30 prints by Raimondi, which together with the Blanton’s previous dozen, form one of the most important groups in this country

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