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Prince Albert recognised the importance of photography to record and document notable exhibitions and works of art


The heads of Homer, Dante and another poet

c. 1857

Albumen print? | RCIN 2864403

A photograph of a drawing by Raphael (c.1510) currently in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle (RCIN 912760r). The two heads at left correspond closely to those of Dante and Homer, standing in the upper left of Raphael's fresco of Parnassus, painted in c.1510-11 in the Stanza della Segnatura, Vatican. The head at upper right has been connected both with the poet standing above Sappho in the left foreground of the fresco, or with the figure of Virgil, standing immediately to the right of Homer.

A copy of this photograph (RCIN 852477) can be found in the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection, portfolio 25 (970584)

  • Creator(s)

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

    Attributed to Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)



    Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
    Homer (active 850 BC?)
  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • People
      • Poets
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Mount Parnassus [Greece]
    • Geography
      • Physiography
        • Mountains
    Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford
    p.192, no.241v

    Raphael in der Albertina 1983 : aus Anlass des 500. Geburtstages des Künstlers, Vienna 1983
    p.160, under no.56

    Clayton 1999 : Clayton, M. Raphael and his Circle. Drawings from Windsor Castle, London
    pp.73-6, no.18r