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Other Frescoes

Other Frescoes

ANTONIO VERICO (1775-1846)

Enea Silvio Piccolomini crowned Poet Laureate by Emperor Frederick III

dated 1838

Etching with engraving | 58.9 x 35.9 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 853754

A print by Antonio Verico reproducing the fresco 'Enea Silvio Piccolomini crowned Poet Laureate by Emperor Frederick III' painted by Pinturicchio and his workshop (1502-07/08) in the Piccolomini Library in Siena Cathedral for which Raphael made a preparatory study. Lettered with attribution of the design of the fresco to Raphael and its execution to Pinturicchio, as well as title and publication details. Dedicated to the Marchesa Venturi. Annotated in ink on the verso. Published in 'Raccolta Delle Più Celebri Pitture Esistenti Nella Città Di Siena Disegnate Ed Incise Da Valenti Artisti Con Illustrazioni' (c.1825-38).

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). For a photograph of the study made by Raphael for this fresco see RCIN 853758.
  • Creator(s)

    Antonio Verico (1775-1846) (printmaker)

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

    Francesco Pieraccini (active 19th Century) (designer)

    Luigi Ricceri (19C) (printer)

    Alessandro Bernardini [active 19C] (printer)

    Marianna Garzoni Venturi (19C) (dedicatee)

  • 58.9 x 35.9 cm (sheet of paper)

    55.4 x 31.7 cm (platemark)


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