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After a work by the circle of Michelangelo Buonarroti (Caprese 1475-Rome 1564)

A man holding a torch c. 1857

Albumen print? | RCIN 2864419

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A photograph of a black chalk drawing depicting a man holding a torch in his hands now in the Royal Library, Windsor Castle (RCIN 990340). Annotated on the verso.

This drawing is currently attributed to the school of Michelangelo (see Bibliographic References) while in the inventory of George III's collection it was attributed to Raphael. It is now believed to be a copy of a figure on a sheet of studies at Chantilly (B.B. 1397).

In this photograph, it is possible to observe the drawing before conservation treatment that in the early twentieth century caused the loss of much of the sheet's pen and ink

A copy of this photograph (RCIN 854365) can be found in the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection, portfolio 48 (970608)
  • Creator(s)

    After a work by the circle of Michelangelo Buonarroti (Caprese 1475-Rome 1564) (draughtsman)

    After a work previously attributed to Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (draughtsman)

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

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • People
      • Men
    • Philosophy & Psychology
      • Psychology
        • Physical and Mental Activities
          • Walking
  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    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 pp. 260-261, no. 438