Cantarini was a prolific etcher. At least 37 plates of mythological, religious and allegorical subjects have been ascribed to him, all of exceptional quality. His prints were praised in his lifetime for their extraordinary delicacy and vibrant and luminous quality. Cantarini followed a set procedure in the design and creation of his prints: he would start with a general sketch of the composition in pen or pencil. After having studied the details of the composition one by one, he traced the design in red stone, with the details defined. The design was then replicated in pen in its final dimensions using a grid and then transferred on a copper plate and etched.