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

The kneeling Virgin 1858

Albumen print? | RCIN 2864229

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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.48v). A facsimile of the drawing, published in Celotti's 'Disegni Originali', can be found at RCIN 851290.

The photograph shows the full-length Virgin, almost in profile to right, kneeling down and lifting a veil (?) with her left hand.

This drawing is on the verso of sheet depicting a lion crouching, a photograph of which can be found at RCIN 854505.

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

A copy of this photograph (RCIN 851291) 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
    Subject(s)
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Industries, Crafts and Trades
        • Clothing
          • Headgear
            • Veils
  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    Gallerie dell' Accademia di Venezia : catalogo dei disegni antichi. v. S. Ferino Pagden, Disegni umbri (1984); pp.125-6, no.46