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After a work copying Pietro Perugino (Città della Pieve c. 1450-Fontignano 1523)

A woman praying 1858

Albumen print? | RCIN 2864231

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A photograph of a drawing depicting a woman praying now in the Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice (inv. no. 20 recto). This drawing features two men seen from behind on the verso (see RCIN 854657 for a photograph of the verso). Annotated on the verso.

Ferino Pagden (see Bibliographic References) noted that the model for this figure has been identified by various scholars as a woman depicted in the background of the 'Baptism of Christ', a fresco which was executed by Pietro Perugino in the Sistine Chapel, Vatican (c.1482).

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 854664) can be found in the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection, portfolio 49 (970609)

  • Creator(s)

    After a work copying Pietro Perugino (Città della Pieve c. 1450-Fontignano 1523) (artist)

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

    Attributed to Florence : Alinari (photographer)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Life of Christ
            • Public Life of Christ
              • Baptism of Christ
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Italy
          • Lazio [Italy]
            • Rome [Lazio]
              • Vatican City [Rome]
                • Vatican Palace [Vatican City]
                  • Sistine Chapel [Vatican Palace]
  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    Gallerie dell' Accademia di Venezia : catalogo dei disegni antichi. v. S. Ferino Pagden, Disegni Umbri (1984), pp. 133-134, no. 50 (for the drawing); pp. 13-31 (for the sketchbook)