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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


Figure studies


Albumen print | 12.1 x 19 cm (image) | RCIN 2864174

A photograph of a drawing by Raphael (c.1507-08) formerly in the Musée Wicar, Lille, and now in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lille (inv. no.473).

The drawing is a preparatory study for the figure of St Bruno in Raphael’s so-called ‘Madonna del Baldacchino’ (c.1507-08), a painting now in the Galleria Palatina, Palazzo Pitti, Florence (inv. no.1912, no.165; see RCIN 850829 for a photograph of it).

Showing the head of man slightly tilted to the left and the half-length figure of a man holding a book.

A copy of this photograph (RCIN 850835) can be found in the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection, portfolio 9 (970568)

  • Creator(s)

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

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


    Saint Bruno
  • 12.1 x 19 cm (image)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • 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
    p. 185, no. 532

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford
    p. 176, no. 178

    Capellen 2001 : Capellen, JM, 2001. Raphael : the paintings. Volume 1, The Beginning in Umbria and Florence ca.1500-1508
    pp. 276-281, no. 40