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After a work copying Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520)

A man playing a trumpet 1858

Albumen print? | RCIN 2864259

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A photograph of a drawing depicting a man playing a trumpet now in the Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice (inv. no. 56 recto). This drawing features on the verso a study for a nude (see RCIN 854292 for a photograph of the verso).

The Gallerie dell'Accademia (see Bibliographic References) associated this figure with the one depicted on the verso, which is a copy of the torso of the so-called "Red Marsyas", a well-known antique statue now in the Uffizi, Florence (inv. no. 201), which was often copied in the 15th century. Other studies related to the statue are in a drawing (both recto and verso) in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (inv. no. WA1846.156).

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, who was 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 854281) can be found in the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection, portfolio (970607)

  • Creator(s)

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

    Attributed to Florence : Alinari (photographer)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Music
        • Musical instruments
          • Brass instruments
            • Trumpets
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Religions of antiquity
          • Classical mythology
            • Marsyas (myth)
  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    Gallerie dell' Accademia di Venezia : catalogo dei disegni antichi. v. S. Ferino Pagden, Disegni Umbri (1984), pp. 43-44, no. 5 (for the drawing); pp. 13-31 (for the sketchbook)