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Other Frescoes

Other Frescoes


The betrothal of Frederick III and Eleanor of Portugal


Albumen print | 41.3 x 29.4 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 853772

A photograph reproducing the fresco 'The betrothal of Emperor Frederick III and Eleanor of Portugal' painted by Pinturicchio and his workshop (1502-07/08) with the aid of a preparatory drawing by Raphael in the Piccolomini Library in Siena Cathedral for which Raphael made a preparatory study. The photograph is catalogued by Ruland (1876) as having been taken by the Florentine photographic firm Alinari.

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)

    Attributed to Fratelli Alinari [Florence] (photographer)

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

  • 41.3 x 29.4 cm (sheet of paper)

  • 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)