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Copy after? Joos van Wassenhove (active 1460-80)

A portrait of Plato 1858

Albumen print? | RCIN 2864241

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A photograph of a drawing depicting a portrait of Plato now in the Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice (inv. no. 90 verso). This drawing is on the verso of a sheet depicting a portrait of Hippocrates (see RCIN 854637 for a photograph of the recto). Annotated on the verso. 

This is one of the twelve copies in the 'Libretto Veneziano' after the series of 28 portraits of the 'Illustrious Men' attributed to Justus van Gent and Pedro Berruguete (c.1473-1476) in the Studiolo ('Study') of Federico da Montefeltro in Palazzo Ducale, Urbino. These portraits originally hung above the wood inlays ('intarsia'), which were executed by Giuliano and Benedetto da Maiano.

For further information see RCIN 854636, a copy of this photograph in the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection, portfolio 49 (970609)

  • Creator(s)

    Copy after? Joos van Wassenhove (active 1460-80) (artist)

    Copy after? Pedro Berruguete (c. 1450-c. 1504) (artist)

    Attributed to Florence : Alinari (photographer)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Italy
          • Urbino [Italy]
            • Palazzo Ducale [Urbino]
  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    Gallerie dell' Accademia di Venezia : catalogo dei disegni antichi. v. S. Ferino Pagden, Disegni Umbri (1984), pp. 81-82, no. 24 (for the drawing); pp. 13-31 (for the sketchbook)