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

Jacob wrestles with the angel c. 1857

Albumen print? | RCIN 2864422

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A photograph of a drawing in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle (RCIN 990492), considered a copy after the almost entirely destroyed fresco 'Jacob wrestles with the angel' painted by the workshop of Raphael (c.1517-19) in the basamento of the sixth bay of the Raphael Loggia in the Vatican. There are some variations between this drawing and other copies after the fresco, such as the etching by Pietro Santi Bartoli (see RCIN 853664) and another drawing in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (

The drawing was catalogued by Ruland (1876) as being attributed to Perino del Vago, whom Vasari credited with executing the basamento frescoes. According to Dacos (see Bibliographic References), the basamento paintings of the Raphael Loggia in the Vatican were executed in grisaille and imitated bronze reliefs.

A copy of this photograph (RCIN 853666) can be found in the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection, portfolio 38 (970598)
  • Creator(s)

    After a work copying the workshop of Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (artist)

    Attributed to Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68) (photographer)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Angels, demons, devils, saints
            • Angels
          • Bible & Holy Scripture
            • Old Testament
  • 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 no.992

    Dacos 2008: Dacos, N., The Loggia of Raphael: A Vatican Art Treasure, 2008 pp.173-194