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Another section rich in sixteenth-century prints after Raphael's designs

After Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520)

A concert c.1853-76

Albumen print | 23.4 x 19.1 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 852283

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A photograph reproducing a pen and ink drawing by Raphael depicting a concert now in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (inv. no. WA1846.166 recto). Annotated on the verso.

It has been suggested that this drawing could be a representation of a Muse (the draped woman playing possibly a harp), Apollo (the figure on the right playing a rebec-violin) and Bacchus (the figure on the left playing a trombone). The idea proposed by Robinson that the drawing was to be used for some furniture has been rejected by Parker in the catalogue of the Italian drawings of the Ashmolean Museum (see Bibliographic References). Joannides (see Bibliographic References) suggested that this drawing was probably en suite with another drawing by Raphael in the Ashmolean Museum (inv. no. WA1846.165), perhaps for the decoration of a musical instrument. See RCIN 852285 for a photograph of WA1846.165.

On the verso of the same sheet is a study for the dead Christ carried to the tomb, which has been identified as being preparatory for the Borghese Entombment (see RCIN 850248 for a photograph of the verso).
  • Creator(s)

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

  • annotation: right centre [verso, centre, in ink]
  • 23.4 x 19.1 cm (sheet of paper)

  • Acquired for the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (c.1853-1876)

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Religions of antiquity
          • Classical mythology
            • Muses
            • Apollo (myth)
            • Dionysus
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Music
        • Musical instruments
          • Violins
          • Brass instruments
            • Trombones
          • Harps
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.169 A.II.1

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford p. 166, no. 135v