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

A man standing 1858

Albumen print? | RCIN 2864264

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A photograph of a drawing depicting a nude man now in the Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice (inv. no. 30 verso). This drawing is on the verso of a sheet with a depiction of Hercules killing the lion (see RCIN 850187 for a photograph of the recto).

The Gallerie dell'Accademia (see Bibliographic References) catalogued this drawing as one of a group of copies of various nude men made after compositions by Antonio Pollaiolo (another one is in the same sketchbook, inv. no. 24 recto and verso; see also RCINs 854284 and 854285).

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 854283) can be found in the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection, portfolio 47 (970607)

  • Creator(s)

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

    After a work copying Antonio del Pollaiolo (1431/2-1498) (artist)

    Attributed to Florence : Alinari (photographer)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • People
      • Men
  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    Gallerie dell' Accademia di Venezia : catalogo dei disegni antichi. v. S. Ferino Pagden, Disegni Umbri (1984), pp. 117-118, no. 42 (for the drawing); pp. 13-31 (for the sketchbook)