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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 School of Athens

c. 1857

Albumen print? | RCIN 2864429

A photograph of a drawing by Parmigianino now in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle (RCIN 990533). The drawing reproduces the composition of Raphael's 'School of Athens', but with a few significant differences including the absence of the figure of Heraclitus in the centre foreground. The Windsor sheet also differs from Raphael's cartoon (Ambrosiana, Milan) in a few details (i.e., the inclusion of the relief of Philosophy in the architecture to the right). It has been suggested that the Windsor sheet may be a copy after a lost drawing by Raphael. For further discussion, see Bibliographic References.

A copy of this photograph (RCIN 852545) can be found in the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection, portfolio 26 (970585)
  • Creator(s)

    After Parmigianino (Parma 1503-Casalmaggiore 1540) (artist)

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

    Attributed to Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)


  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Italy
          • Lazio [Italy]
            • Rome [Lazio]
              • Vatican City [Rome]
                • Vatican Palace [Vatican City]
                  • Stanza della Segnatura [Vatican Palace]
                    • Vatican-Stanza della Segnatura-School of Athens
    Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    Weigel 1865 : Weigel, R., 1865. Die Werke der maler in ihren Hand zeichnungen, 2 vols, Leipzig.
    vol.2, p.587, no.6962

    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
    pp.284-5, no.598r

    Haverkamp-Begemann 1988 : Haverkamp-Begemann, E. Creative Copies. Interpretative Drawings from Michelangelo to Picasso, 1988.
    pp.47-9, no.8 (entry by Judith Cohen)