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Exhibitions and records of works of art

Prince Albert recognised the importance of photography to record and document notable exhibitions and works of art


A man with a book and Apollo


Albumen print | 26.6 x 19.5 cm (image) | RCIN 2864186

A photograph of a drawing by Raphael (c.1508-1509) depicting a man holding a book and Apollo holding a lyre now in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lille (inv. no. 448). This drawing features four figure studies on the verso (see RCIN 854311 for a photograph of the verso). Annotated on the verso.

The drawing has been interpreted as a study for the Disputa (The Disputation of the Holy Sacrament) painted by Raphael around 1508-09 in the Stanza della Segnatura in the Vatican. Joannides (see Bibliographic References) questioned whether the two figures were intended as separate studies or designed to be together; because the squaring is visible only in the upper part of the bearded man, this figure only might have been used for the Disputa (in the right foreground, behind the parapet). Joannides also suggested that, alternatively this man could have been used as a study for the School of Athens.

A copy of this photograph (RCIN 854309) can be found in the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection, portfolio 47 (970607).

  • Creator(s)

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

    Attributed to Robert Jefferson Bingham (1825-70) (photographer)

  • 26.6 x 19.5 cm (image)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • Philosophy & Psychology
      • Philosophers
    • People
      • Men
    • Organisation
      • Documentation
        • Books
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Religions of antiquity
          • Classical mythology
            • Apollo (myth)
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Music
        • Musical instruments
          • Lyres
    Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    Brejon de Lavergnée 1997 : Brejon de Lavergnée, B, 1997. Catalogue des dessins Italiens. Collections du Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, Paris
    pp.185-186, no. 533

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford
    p. 182, no. 201v