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"Roma Caput Mundi"[1] is an engraving by Wenzel von Olmütz. The design was recycled by the Cranach workshop as The Papal Ass (1523).

from "An outline of the history of engraving" by William Mclennan
The adaptation of Etching to the uses of Engraving has been variously attributed to Albert Durer, Lucas von Leyden and others of the early masters, but there still exist three prints (one of which is in the National Gallery) from a plate etched by Wenzel von Olmutz bearing the date 1496 and the title "Roma Caput Mundi"
The first known etching is a historical design entitled " Roma Caput Mundi " and the work of a German, Wenzel von Olmutz in 1496.




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