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After Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520)

A fleeing guard for a Resurrection c. 1857

Albumen print? | RCIN 2864409

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A photograph of a drawing by Raphael (c.1511-1512) depicting a fleeing guard for a Resurrection now in the Royal Library, Windsor (RCIN 912735). This drawing features studies of cattle on the verso, see RCIN 854512 for a photograph of the verso.

Raphael was commissioned, probably early in 1511, by the banker Agostino Chigi to decorate his chapel in Santa Maria della Pace. The initial plan of decoration for the chapel included frescoes, two bronze roundels and an altarpiece; however, whilst Raphael executed some designs for the altarpiece, which was to depict the resurrection, it was never executed, and the bronze roundels, whilst cast, appear to never have been installed. The frescoes comprise two registers, with four prophets on the top (flanking a window) and four sybils below. According to Vasari, portions of the frescoes were painted by Timoteo Viti.

A photograph of this drawing was included in the section 'Stanza dell'Eliodoro' of the Raphael Collection: see RCIN 852738 for it.

A copy of this photograph (RCIN 850480) can be found in the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection, portfolio 5 (850480)

  • Creator(s)

    After Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (artist)

    Attributed to Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68) (photographer)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Life of Christ
            • Resurrection of Christ
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Italy
          • Lazio [Italy]
            • Rome [Lazio]
              • Santa Maria della Pace [Rome]
  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    Clayton 1999 : Clayton, M. Raphael and his Circle. Drawings from Windsor Castle, London pp.86-92, no.22r

    P&W : Popham, A.E. & Wilde, J., 1949. The Italian Drawings of the XV and XVI Centuries in the Collection of His Majesty The King at Windsor Castle, London p. 312, no. 799

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford p. 209, no. 307r