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Exhibitions and records of works of art

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


The Last Supper

c. 1857

Albumen print? | RCIN 2864395

A photograph of a drawing by Raphael now in the Royal Library, Windsor Castle (RCIN 912745). This drawing is considered to be the modello for a print by Marco Dente da Ravenna and one by Marcantonio Raimondi, although scholars do not agree which print has been executed earlier than the other. See RCINs 850433 and 850434 for the prints.

The heavily damaged condition of the drawing has occasioned a degree of scholarly disagreement about its authorship; ultraviolet photography reveals some of the now lost strength and vitality of the draughtsmanship. See Bibliographic References for further information.

A copy of this photograph (RCIN 850439) can be found in the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection, portfolio 5 (970564)

  • Creator(s)

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

    Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)


  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Life of Christ
            • Public Life of Christ
              • Last Supper
    Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    Clayton 1999 : Clayton, M. Raphael and his Circle. Drawings from Windsor Castle, London
    pp.114-115, no. 29

    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. 805

    Raphael Invenit 1985 : G. Bernini Pezzini et al., Raphael Invenit. Stampe di Raffaello nelle Collezioni dell'Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Rome, 1985
    pp.174-175, no. VIII.1 (entry written by Stefania Massari)

    Shoemaker/Broun 1981 : I. Shoemaker and E. Broun. The Engravings of Marcantonio Raimondi: Spencer Museum of Art; The Ackland Art Museum, 1981
    pp. 116-117, no. 30