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Domenico Cunego, 1726-1803
drawn by Anton Raphael Mengs, 1728-1779, after Raphael Sanzio, 1483-1520

Empidocles
Engraving, 1785
John Cranch Collection
Gift of Charlotte D. Cranch, 1896

Raphael's paintings of the School of Athens in the Vatican Stanze represent the great Greek philosophers and their pupils. A number of engravers produced prints of these portraits over three centuries. During his stay in Italy, Cranch purchased many reproductive engravings after paintings by Raphael, Michelangelo, and other Italian artists.


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