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Other Frescoes

Other Frescoes


Enea Silvio Piccolomini before James I of Scotland

after 1853

Albumen print | 33.9 x 25.9 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 853753

A photograph reproducing the fresco 'Enea Silvio Piccolomini before James I of Scotland' painted by Pinturicchio and his workshop (1502-07/08) in the Piccolomini Library in Siena Cathedral. Oval blindstamp in bottom left corner. Annotated in pencil on the verso. Not in Ruland (1876).

The decoration of the Piccolomini library was commissioned by Cardinal Francesco Todeschino Piccolomini (later Pope Pius III) in 1502 from Raphael's older Perugian contemporary Pinturicchio. The frescoes illustrate events in the life of Pope Pius II (Enea Silvio Piccolomini), the Cardinal's uncle. Vasari credited Raphael with executing 'some drawings and some cartoons' for the library at the express request of Pinturicchio. Scholarly opinion has been divided over the attribution of preparatory drawings for the frescoes, but at least five drawings convincingly related to the decorative scheme are considered to be by Raphael (see Bibliographic References).
  • Creator(s)

    Paolo Lombardi (1827-90) (photographer)

    After Bernardino Pinturicchio (c. 1452-1513) (artist)

  • 53

  • 33.9 x 25.9 cm (sheet of paper)

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

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    pp.23-26 (Chapman/Plazzotta/Henry 2004 : Chapman, H, Plazzotta, C, Henry, T. Raphael. From Urbino to Rome. London, 2004)

    nos 56-61 (Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford)