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

A study for the lower half of a male body 1858

Albumen print? | RCIN 2864260

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A photograph of a drawing depicting the lower half of a male body now in the Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice (inv. no. 56 verso). This drawing is on the verso of a depiction of a man playing the trumpet (see RCIN 854281 for a photograph of the recto). Annotated on the verso.

The Gallerie dell'Accademia (see Bibliographic References) noted that this drawing shares some elements with a study of legs by the young Raphael now in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (inv. no. WA1846.156 verso).

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 854292) 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)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Medical sciences
        • Anatomy
          • Legs (anatomical)
          • Torsos
  • 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)