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

After a work attributed to Timoteo Viti (1469-1523)

St Benedict and three nuns c.1853-76

Albumen print | 20.0 x 32.7 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 852299

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A photograph of a pen and ink drawing depicting St Benedict and three nuns now in the British Museum, London (inv. no. 1909,1020.1), where is attributed to Timoteo Viti. Annotated on the verso.

The drawing was originally attributed to Timoteo Viti by Antaldi, an attribution Ruland (1876) accepted. Pouncey and Gere noted: "the quality of the composition, particularly the contrasted attitudes of the three seated nuns, is such as to make one think of the youthful Raphael. The fact that no fewer than three old copies have survived suggests that it was well known. If realized, it was perhaps as a predella or a refectory fresco. Any Antaldi attribution to Viti deserves serious consideration. We are inclined to accept this largely because of the faces of the two seated nuns and the characteristic tendency towards firmness in the contours and softness in the shading" (see Bibliographic References). The copies they mentioned include one at the Palais du Beaux-Arts, Lille (see RCINs 852300 and 852301) and another at Perugia, in the Accademia di Belle Arti.
  • Creator(s)

    After a work attributed to Timoteo Viti (1469-1523) (draughtsman)

    After a work associated with Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (draughtsman)

    Saint Benedict (c. 480-c. 547)
  • annotation: Top [verso, centre, in ink]
  • 20.0 x 32.7 cm (sheet of paper)

  • Acquired for the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (c.1853-76)

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Religious orders
          • Nuns
          • Monks
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Home economics
        • Furniture & accessories
          • Tables
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland pp.170-171 B.V.1

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Italian Drawings [...] British Museum: Raphael and his circle: catalogue, 1962 / Philip Pouncey and J.A. Gere, London vol. I, pp. 158-159, no. 269