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After a work attributed to Perino del Vaga (Florence 1501-Rome 1547)

The Rape of Lucretia c. 1857

Albumen print? | RCIN 2864414

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A photograph of a drawing currently in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle (RCIN 990506), the attribution of which is matter of debate. Some scholars attribute it to Perino del Vaga (Clayton 1999) while others to G.F. Penni (Massari in Raphael Invenit 1985).

The drawing largely corresponds to the left-hand portion of an angraving by Agostino Veneziano, lettered with an inscription crediting Raphael with the invention of the composition. It has been suggested that the composition may derive from a fresco of this subject painted by Giulio Romano in the Camerino dei Falconi in the Palazzo Ducale, Mantua. A second state impression of Agostino's engraving can be found at RCIN 852202. For further discussion, see Bibliographic References.

A copy of this photograph (RCIN 852204) can be found in the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection, portfolio 22 (970581)
  • Creator(s)

    After a work attributed to Perino del Vaga (Florence 1501-Rome 1547) (artist)

    After a work attributed to Giovanni Francesco Penni (1496-c. 1536) (artist)

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

    Sextus Tarquinius (d. 509 BC)
  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • History
      • Ancient History
        • Roman history
  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    Raphael Invenit 1985 : G. Bernini Pezzini et al., Raphael Invenit. Stampe di Raffaello nelle Collezioni dell'Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Rome, 1985 p.236, under no.VIII.1

    Clayton 1999 : Clayton, M. Raphael and his Circle. Drawings from Windsor Castle, London pp.172-3, no.49

    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. 812