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Other Frescoes

Other Frescoes

The journey of Enea Silvio Piccolomini to Basle


Albumen print | RCIN 853749

A photograph of a compositional drawing by Raphael in the Uffizi Gallery, Florence (inv. no.520E) for the fresco 'The journey of Enea Silvio Piccolomini to Basle' painted by Pinturicchio and his workshop (1502-07/08) in the Piccolomini Library in Siena Cathedral. The lower two-thirds of this highly-detailed modello have been squared, presumably for transfer to a larger scale.

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 finished fresco related to this drawing, see RCIN 853747.
  • Acquired for the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (c.1853-76)