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

Louise Charlotte Soyer (active c. 1803)

A snake charmer published 1803

Etching | 19.2 x 25.1 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 852363

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An outline etching after a drawing by Giulio Romano now in the Louvre, Paris (inv. no. 3562). This print is lettered with "470" at the upper right corner, the title in French, German and English at the bottom of the print and the identification of Raphael as the painter of the fresco. Signed by the printmaker. This print was published as plate 470 in C.P. Landon, Vie et Œuvre complète de Raphaël Sanzio, 1803. Annotated on the verso.

Traditionally given to Giulio Romano, this drawing is a preparatory study for one of the sixteen medallions of the Sala dei Venti in Palazzo Te, Mantua. A private room of Federico II Gonzaga, this room was decorated with stuccoes and paintings between 1527 and 1528 by Agostino da Mozzanica, Anselmo Guazzi, Benedetto Pagni, Girolamo da Treviso and Rinaldo Mantovano from drawings by Giulio. The decorative program of the room is well explained by an inscription, above a door, which affirms that the destiny of a man depends on the influence of the stars at the time of his birth.

This drawing corresponds to the painted scene at the left end of the south wall under the sign of Capricorn, depicted on the ceiling between the personifications of the months of December and January. According to the 'Mathesis, VIII' of Firmico Materno, the men born at this time of the year are under the influence of the constellation of the Serpentarius which gives them the ability to charm venomous snakes.
  • Creator(s)

    Louise Charlotte Soyer (active c. 1803) (etcher)

    After Giulio Romano (Rome c. 1499-Mantua 1546) (artist)

    After a work previously attributed to Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (artist)

    Charles Paul Landon (1760-1826) (author)

  • annotation: Left bottom [verso, centre, in ink]
  • 19.2 x 25.1 cm (sheet of paper)

    16.4 x 21.7 cm (platemark)

  • Boummage vendu á Esculape / Deu Esculap wird Ebze bezeign / Hommage schenn to Esculap

  • Added to the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (c.1853-76)

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Zoology
        • Animals
          • Reptiles
            • Snakes
              • Poisonous Snakes
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
        • Architectural design
          • Architectural decoration & motifs
            • Pedestals
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.175 B.XLVI.2