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Studies for a male head


Albumen print? | RCIN 2864275

A photograph of a drawing depicting studies for a male head now in the Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice (inv. no. 38 verso). This drawing is on the verso of a sheet depicting a child (see RCIN 851295 for a photograph of the recto). Annotated on the verso. 

Ferino Padgen (see Bibliographic References) noted that this was probably a life drawing, which appears typical of Perugino's workshop. The head at the bottom of the sheet has been associated with a figure in the 'Canonizzazione di Santa Cecilia' in the Piccolomini Library, painted by Pinturicchio and his workshop (1502-07/08) with the aid of preparatory drawings by Raphael in Siena Cathedral. See RCIN 850010 for a photograph of the fresco.

For further information see RCIN 854427, a copy of this photograph in the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection, portfolio 48 (970608)

  • Creator(s)

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

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

    Attributed to Florence : Alinari (photographer)


    St Catherine of Siena
  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Medical sciences
        • Anatomy
          • Heads
    Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    Gallerie dell' Accademia di Venezia : catalogo dei disegni antichi. v.
    S. Ferino Pagden, Disegni Umbri (1984), p. 67, no. 17 (for the drawing); pp. 13-31 (for the sketchbook)

    Chapman/Plazzotta/Henry 2004 : Chapman, H, Plazzotta, C, Henry, T. Raphael. From Urbino to Rome. London, 2004

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford
    nos 56-61