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


A study of a nude man hurling a rock

c. 1857

Albumen print? | RCIN 2864418

A photograph of a black chalk drawing by Giulio Romano (c. 1519-1520) depicting a man hurling a rock in his hands now in the Royal Library, Windsor Castle (RCIN 990339). Annotated on the verso.

This is a life study for the figure in the right foreground of the modello for Giulio Romano's Stoning of St Stephen, a painting commissioned by the papal councillor Giovanni Matteo Giberti for the Church of Santo Stefano, Genoa. There are many differences between the modello (a copy of which survives in the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, inv. 334) and the painting, which suggests that Raphael was the artist initially choosen for this commission (Clayton). Clayton catalogued this drawing as by Giulio Romano but drawn "to Raphael's design before his death" (see Bibliographic References).

A copy of this photograph (RCIN 854366) can be found in the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection, portfolio 48 (970608)
  • Creator(s)

    After Giulio Romano (Rome c. 1499-Mantua 1546) (draughtsman)

    After a work associated with Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (draughtsman)

    Attributed to Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)


  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • People
      • Men
    Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
  • 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
    p. 235, no. 348

    Clayton 1999 : Clayton, M. Raphael and his Circle. Drawings from Windsor Castle, London
    pp. 136-138, no. 35