“Bellini #1” is from a series of five prints, each of which focuses on a different figure taken from a group of small paintings by the fifteenth-century Venetian artist Giovanni Bellini. Rauschenberg began by enlarging an 8 x 10 inch photograph of a Bellini figure, such as the blue­winged Nemesis seen in this print, mixing and matching it with imagery from other photographs he had taken, and adding handwork such as the splotch of green color. The result is a modern allegory printed in eleven colors from several photo-sensitive intaglio plates.
Artist Robert Rauschenberg, American, 1925-2008
Printer Craig Zamiello, American, active 1975
Publisher Universal Limited Art Editions
  • Bellini #1
Date 1986
Medium intaglio printed in color ink on Arches wove paper
Dimensions Image: 56 1/2 inches × 35 inches (143.5 × 88.9 cm)
Sheet: 58 3/4 × 38 1/4 inches (149.2 × 97.2 cm)
Framed: 62 inches × 42 inches × 1 7/8 inches (157.5 × 106.7 × 4.8 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Graphic Arts Council Fund
Accession Number F1988.6
Department Prints, Drawings & Photographs
Not On View
Signed Signed and dated, in pencil, lower center: RAUSCHENBERG 7/36 86
Marks Publisher's drystamp, lower left center
1988-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)