SN 1513, reverse painting on glass
After a design by Marco da Ravenna
[Called Marco Dente] Italian, born? d. 1527
From "The Pages"
Marco Dente [da Ravenna] was active in Rome during the early 16th c. He studied with
Marcantonio da Raimondi & was strongly influenced by his style. He often collaborated
with Agostino Veneziano, another student who also had influence on Dentes work.
Dente was evidently born in Ravenna, altho his birth date isnt documented. His
earliest signed & dated print
is inscribed 151, suggesting that he was active from c1510 & was probably born in the
late 15th c. He was killed in the Sack of Rome in 1527.
He produced over 60 reproductive engravings, primarily after works of Raphael & his
circle, & after the Antique. He engraved several copies after Marcantonio prints that
were based on Raphael designs. Others may derive directly from Raphael drawings.
Occasionally he made engravings after other artists. Only 1 print includes an inscription
with his full name, Marcus Ravenas, rather than a monogram; that is his engraving after
the Laokoön [sic] B.353, which shows the antique statue before its restoration.
The Virgin bows modestly as Archangel Gabriel rushes into Marys chamber to bring her
the news that she will bear a son: the Son of God. In the left corner, God himself appears
in a burst of clouds, raising his arm in blessing.
This is a verre églomisé a reverse painting on glass. The technique is similar to
that of engraving, so many compositions can be traced directly to prints which were
circulated widely in the early 16th c. The Annunciation is based on a print by a
pupil/assistant of the engraver Marcantonio Raimondi (c. 1480-1534, called Marco Dente da
Ravenna (active c. 1 510-1527).