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A bearer and mourning figures after the Entombment


Albumen print? | RCIN 2864212

A photograph of a drawing now in the Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice (inv. no. 85 recto) which is a copy of a detail of an engraving by Andrea Mantegna depicting the Entombment. This print was catalogued by Ruland (1876) as being related to the 'Borghese Entombment', a painting executed by Raphael (1507) now in the Galleria Borghese, Rome ( 170). A connection appears unlikely, as the engraving was executed before the painting, but Raphael might have been familiar with the print (see Bibliographic References). See RCIN 850257 for the print by Mantegna. 

This drawing is part of the so-called "Libretto di Raffaello" or "Libretto Veneziano", 53 sheets that used to be mounted in a volume. After complicated negotiations, the sketchbook was bought by the museum in the 1820s after the death of Giuseppe Bossi, its previous owner. A number of scholars debated the author of the drawings (with many names proposed, such as Pinturicchio, Antonio da Viterbo, Eusebio del Giorgio, Girolamo Genga) and their date. In 1984, the Gallerie dell'Accademia catalogued the drawings as by an artist contemporary to Raphael, whose juvenile works he copied in this sketchbook (see Bibliographic References).

A copy of this photograph (RCIN 850258.a) can be found in the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection, portfolio 3 (970562)

  • Creator(s)

    After Andrea Mantegna (1431-1506) (engraver)

    After a work associated with Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (artist)

    Attributed to Florence : Alinari (photographer)


    Mary Magdalene
    St John
    Nicodemus (NT)
    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Life of Christ
            • Passion of Christ
              • Entombment of Christ
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
        • Ecclesiastical & religious architecture
          • Funerary architecture
            • Tombs
      • Music
        • Religious music
          • Liturgical music
            • Psalms. Psalters. Lamentations
    Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    Gallerie dell' Accademia di Venezia : catalogo dei disegni antichi. v.
    S. Ferino Pagden, Disegni Umbri (1984), pp. 95-96, no. 31 (for the drawing); pp. 13-31 (for the sketchbook)