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Other Frescoes

Other Frescoes


The canonisation of St Catherine of Siena

after 1853

Albumen print | 33.7 x 25.4 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 853785

A photograph reproducing the fresco The canonisation of St Catherine of Siena 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).

There is another photograph of this fresco in the ‘Various frescoes’ section of the Raphael Collection (see RCIN 850010).

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)


    St Catherine of Siena
  • annotation:
    59 [verso, top left corner, in pencil]

  • 33.7 x 25.4 cm (sheet of paper)

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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    Chapman/Plazzotta/Henry 2004 : Chapman, H, Plazzotta, C, Henry, T. Raphael. From Urbino to Rome. London, 2004

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

    Other number(s)

    Ruland p.266 B.IX.2a(add)