National Gallery of Canada
Italian, c. 1480-1534
Holy Family with the Young St. John the Baptist
(called Virgin with the Long Thigh), c. 1520-1525
Engraving on ivory laid paper
Marcantonio Raimondi is best known for the engravings he produced after designs by Raphael and his followers, including this ambitious example – the so-called Virgin with the Long Thigh. As official printmaker to one of the greatest workshops in history, and as a skillful designer in his own right, Raimondi was of crucial importance to the dissemination of the classical style for centuries.