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The Flight into Egypt, from The Life of the Virgin, after Albrecht Dürer

circa 1506
16th century
29.6 cm x 21.7 cm (11 5/8 in. x 8 9/16 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, Gift of Jonathan Bober, 1989
Accession Number: 1989.146

According to the sixteenth-century biographer Giorgio Vasari, Raimondi’s copies were so successful that they were sold as authentic Dürers. Vasari relates that Dürer became so enraged that he traveled Venice to make an appeal to the city council. The ruling, however, stated that Raimondi could continue to publish his copies provided that he remove Dürer’s monogram. Although Vasari’s account is probably heavily embellished, Dürer was in fact an early pioneer for the notion of intellectual property, and similar legal contests between Dürer and his copyists are documented in other cities.

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