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After a work associated with Timoteo Viti (1469-1523)

St Benedict and three nuns after 1860

Carbon print | 22.5 x 37.1 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 852301

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A photograph of a drawing depicting St Benedict and three nuns catalogued by Ruland (1876) as being then in the collection of the Count Ferretti de Presle and now at the Palais du Beaux-Arts, Lille (inv. no. 364), where is catalogued as after Raphael (?). Not in Ruland (1876).

The drawing reproduced in this photograph is similar to a pen and ink drawing now in the British Museum, London (inv. no. 1909,1020.1), attributed to Timoteo Viti. For a photograph of this drawing, see RCIN 852299.

The drawing in the British Museum 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 associated with Timoteo Viti (1469-1523) (draughtsman)

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

    Saint Benedict (c. 480-c. 547)
  • 22.5 x 37.1 cm (sheet of paper)

  • Added to the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (after 1876)

  • 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 p.171 B.V.2(add)

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Brejon de Lavergnée 1997 : Brejon de Lavergnée, B, 1997. Catalogue des dessins Italiens. Collections du Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, Paris pp. 196-197, no. 552

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