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Life and Legend of the Virgin Mary

Life and Legend of the Virgin Mary


The Presentation of the Virgin

dated 1777

Aquatint with etching | 71.2 x 49.0 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 851410

A print after a drawing attributed on plate to Raphael when in the Praun Collection at Nuremberg. Lettered with title and production details. Published in J.T.G. Prestel, 'Dessins des meilleurs peintres d'Italie, d'Allemagne, et des Pays-bas, du Cabinet de Monsieur Paul de Praun à Nuremberg', Dusseldorf 1780, plate 26. Another impression at RCIN 851409. Not listed in Ruland's Raphael Collection catalogue (1876). The composition is also known through an engraving attributed to Giovanni Antonio da Brescia dating c.1525 (RCIN 851408) which is supposed to reproduce a lost design (by Raphael or his workshop) possibly related to one of the predella scenes of the 'Monteluce Altarpiece'. The main panel - now in the Pinacoteca Vaticana, Vatican City (inv. no.40359; see RCIN 851401) - was executed by Giulio Romano and Giovanni Francesco Penni in 1525, but was originally commissioned from Raphael in 1505 by the nuns of Santa Chiara of Monteluce, Perugia. The predella - currently housed in the Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria at Perugia - was entrusted to Berto di Giovanni in 1505 and completed in c.1524-5. A drawing currently in the Musée du Louvre, Paris (inv. no.4264) might have served as modello for the engraving by Giovanni Antonio da Brescia (see Cordellier/Py 1992, no.992).
  • Creator(s)

    Johann Gottlieb Prestel (1739-1808) (aquatinter)

    Johann Gottlieb Prestel (1739-1808) (printmaker)

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

  • Pf. 14. A.III.11a

  • 71.2 x 49.0 cm (sheet of paper)

    39.8 x 30.0 cm (image)

    45.2 x 36.4 cm (platemark)

  • Jesus Christ allant au Temple.

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

  • Subject(s)
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Life of the Virgin Mary
            • Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
        • Ecclesiastical & religious architecture
          • Non-Christian religious architecture
            • Temples
  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    p.215, no.V.4 (Raphael Invenit 1985 : Bernini Pezzini, G. et al., 1985. Raphael Invenit. Stampe di Raffaello nelle Collezioni dell'Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Rome)

    pp.588-592, under no.992 (Cordellier/Py 1992 : Raphael : son atelier, ses copistes, 1992 / par Dominique Cordellier et Bernadette Py, Paris (Inventaire general des dessins Italiens ; V / sous la direction de Francoise Viatte))

    p.163, no.A 7 (Höper 2001 : Höper, C. Raffael und die Folgen, Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2001)