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The 'Calumny' of Apelles. Colour etching by C.N. Cochin and woodcut by N. Le Sueur after Raphael.

Raphael, 1483-1520.

About this work


A painting by Apelles described by Lucian as follows: "On the right of it sits Midas with very large ears, extending his hand to Slander while she is still at some distance from him. Near him, on one side, stand two women: Ignorance and Suspicion. On the other side, Slander is coming up, a woman beautiful beyond measure, but full of malignant passion and excitement, evincing as she does fury and wrath by carrying in her left hand a blazing torch and with the other dragging by the hair a young man who stretches out his hands to heaven and calls the gods to witness his innocence. She is conducted by a pale ugly man who has a piercing eye and looks as if he had wasted away in long illness; he represents envy. There are two women in attendance to Slander, one is Fraud and the other Conspiracy. They are followed by a woman dressed in deep mourning, with black clothes all in tatters: she is Repentance. At all events, she is turning back with tears in her eyes and casting a stealthy glance, full of shame, at Truth, who is slowly approaching". Here Midas is enthroned on the left, Slander approaches him holding a burning torch in one hand and dragging a praying young man by the hair with the other. On the right Repentance and Truth enter


[Paris] : [Imprimerie royale], [1729]

Physical description

1 print : etching, with woodcut, printed in buff and white ; platemark 18.3 x 35.6 cm


La calomnie, peinte par Apelles le dessein de Raphaël, qui est dans le cabinet de M.r Crozat, gravé en cuivre par Charles Nicolas Cochin, et en bois par Nicolas le Sueur.


[State with "Nicolas" etched in the lettering, instead of a blank space].

Publications note

Not in: G.B. Pezzini, S. Massari, S.P. Valenti Rodinò, Raphael invenit, Roma: Edizioni Quasar, 1985
Marcel Roux, Inventaire du fonds français, graveurs du XVIIIe siècle, Bibliothèque nationale, Département des estampes, vol. IV, Paris 1940, p. 611, no. 51
R. Weigel, Die Werke der Maler in ihren Handzeichnungen, Leipzig: R. Weigel, 1865, no. 7051, p. 595


Wellcome Library no. 3010893i

Lettering note

Bears number: 39
In the lettering, "Nicolas" is etched in a longer space that had previously been left blank. The lettering around it is engraved


  • French

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