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After a work by the circle of Pietro Perugino (Città della Pieve c. 1450-Fontignano 1523)

The Virgin kneeling in prayer 1858

Albumen print? | RCIN 2864225

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A photograph of a drawing by an artist from the circle of Perugino, formerly attributed to Raphael; part of the 'Libretto Veneziano', now in the Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice (f.51v). A copy after the drawing is in the Teylers Museum, Haarlem (inv.no.K IX 30). A facsimile of the Venice drawing, published in Celotti's 'Disegni Originali', can be found at RCIN 851290.

The photograph shows the full-length Virgin, kneeling down, with her hands clasped in prayer.

This drawing is on the verso of a sheet depicting a man seen from behind (see RCIN 854653 for a photograph of the recto).

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 Accademia 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 drawings were catalogued as by an artist contemporary to Raphael, whose juvenile works he copied in this sketchbook (see Bibliographic References).

A copy of this photograph (RCIN 851289) can be found in the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection, portfolio 13 (970572)

  • Creator(s)

    After a work by the circle of Pietro Perugino (Città della Pieve c. 1450-Fontignano 1523) (artist)

    After a work previously attributed to Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (artist)

    Attributed to Florence : Alinari (photographer)

    Subject(s)
    Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • 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); pp.131-2, no.49