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Compositional study


Albumen print | 32.8 x 19.6 cm (image) | RCIN 2864170

A photograph of a drawing by Raphael (c.1500-01) formerly in the Wicar Museum, Lille, and now in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lille (inv. no.Pl 474). The drawing is a study for the 'Coronation of St Nicholas of Tolentino', the main panel of an altarpiece commissioned from Raphael by Andrea di Tommaso Baronci in 1500. The altarpiece, completed in 1501, was subsequently dismembered and survives only in four fragments (Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte, Naples, inv. no.50; Brescia, Pinacoteca Tosio Martinengo, inv no.149; Musée du Louvre, Paris, inv. no.RF 1981-55). Another study for the 'Coronation of St Nicholas' is on the verso side of the photographed drawing; see RCIN 851433.

A copy of this photograph (RCIN 851432) can be found in the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection, portfolio 15 (970574)

  • Creator(s)

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

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


    Saint Nicholas of Tolentino (1246-1306)
    Blessed Virgin Mary
    Saint Augustine
  • 32.8 x 19.6 cm (image)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • Social sciences
      • Ethnology
        • Public life
          • Coronations
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • God (Christianity)
            • God the Father
    Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    Chapman/Plazzotta/Henry 2004 : Chapman, H, Plazzotta, C, Henry, T. Raphael. From Urbino to Rome. London, 2004
    pp.100-3, no.17r

    Capellen 2001 : Capellen, JM, 2001. Raphael : the paintings. Volume 1, The Beginning in Umbria and Florence ca.1500-1508
    pp.98-105, under no.1

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford
    p.137, no.14r

    Knab/Mitsch/Oberhuber 1983 : Raffaello. I disegni 1983 : I disegni. (Catalogo dei Disegni a cura di Oberhuber, Ferino Pagden, Huber), Florence 1983
    p.581, no.12