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

The baptism of Christ c. 1857

Albumen print? | RCIN 2864391

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A photograph of a pen and ink drawing in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle (RCIN 912731) considered a copy after a drawing in the British Museum (inv. no.1861.0608,150; see RCIN 853638 for a photograph of this drawing), attributed to Giovanni Francesco Penni, for the fresco 'The Baptism of Christ' painted by the workshop of Raphael (c.1517-19) in the vault of the thirteenth bay of the Raphael Loggia in the Vatican.

Ruland (1876) catalogued this Royal Collection drawing as the 'original' sketch for the loggia fresco, and listed the British Museum drawing as the copy. Popham (see Bibliographic References) recognised that it was the Royal Collection drawing which copied that in the British Museum, and that the British Museum one was previously in the collection of the King of Holland. Dacos (see Bibliographic References) attributes the British Museum drawing to Raffaellino del Colle

A copy of this photograph (RCIN 853637) can be found in the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection, portfolio 38 (970598)
  • Creator(s)

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

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

    Jesus Christ
  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Life of Christ
            • Public Life of Christ
              • Baptism of Christ
          • Bible & Holy Scripture
            • New 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.860

    Italian Drawings [...] British Museum: Raphael and his circle: catalogue, 1962 / Philip Pouncey and J.A. Gere, London no.67

    Dacos 2008: Dacos, N., The Loggia of Raphael: A Vatican Art Treasure, 2008 p.225, fig.103