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


The Pietá

c. 1857

Albumen print? | RCIN 2864401

A photograph of a drawing depicting 'The Pietá' attributed to the school of Raphael now in the Royal Library, Windsor (RCIN 912747).

This drawing served as a modello for an engraving by Giulio Bonasone, which shows some differences with the drawing: the pillow supporting Christ's head, the background and the rock at the right are not depicted in the drawing. See RCIN 850462 for the print. Popham and Wilde (see Bibliographic References) believe this drawing to have been executed at the same time as the late drawings for the Vatican Logge, which were frescoed by Raphael's workshop c. 1517-1519.

A copy of this photograph (RCIN 850463) can be found in the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection, portfolio 5 (970564)

  • Creator(s)

    After a work attributed to the workshop of 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
            • Passion of Christ
              • Christ-Lamentation (Madonna & Others)
          • Devotional images of the Virgin Mary(Christ absent)
            • Virgin Mary-Lamentating (as single figure)
          • Devotional Images of Christ
            • Pietá
    Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
  • 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
    p. 319, no. 816

    Raphael Invenit 1985 : G. Bernini Pezzini et al., Raphael Invenit. Stampe di Raffaello nelle Collezioni dell'Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Rome, 1985
    p.174, no. VII.5 (entry written by Stefania Massari)