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Raphael's drawings, as well as those attributed to him in the 19th century

After a work copying Luca Signorelli (c. 1445-1523)

A group from a Massacre of the Innocents published 1829

Etching | 28.2 x 22.2 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 854644

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A facsimile etching of a drawing depicting a mother with her child and a soldier now in the Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice (inv. no. 57 verso). See RCIN 854643 for a photograph of the drawing. This print was catalogued by Ruland (1876) as having been 'published by Celotti'; by this he was presumably referring to Luigi Celotti's 'Disegni originali di Raffaello Sanzio, per la prima volta pubblicati (da Luigi Celotti), esistenti nella Imperial Regia Accademia di belle arti di Venezia' (1829). Lettered with attribution of the drawing to Raphael, and numbered within the plate at top right: XIV. Annotated on the verso.

Ferino Pagden noted (see Bibliographic References) suggested that this drawing is a copy of figures from a Massacre of the Innocents by Luca Signorelli, though she did not identify a specific composition.

This drawing is part of the so-called "Libretto di Raffaello" or "Libretto Veneziano", 53 sheets that used to be mounted in a volume. After complicated negotiations, the sketchbook was bought by the museum in the 1820s, after the death of Giuseppe Bossi, who was its previous owner. A number of scholars debated the author of the drawings (with many names proposed, such as Pinturicchio, Antonio da Viterbo, Eusebio del Giorgio, Girolamo Genga) and their date. In 1984, the Gallerie dell'Accademia catalogued the drawings as by an artist contemporary to Raphael, whose juvenile works he copied in this sketchbook (see Bibliographic References).
  • Creator(s)

    After a work copying Luca Signorelli (c. 1445-1523) (artist)

    Luigi Celotti (1759-1843) (publisher)

  • annotation: right top [verso, centre, in ink]
  • 28.2 x 22.2 cm (sheet of paper)

    23.2 x 17.4 cm (platemark)

  • Added to the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (c.1853-76)

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
    • People
      • Children
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p. 352 A.XII.2

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Gallerie dell' Accademia di Venezia : catalogo dei disegni antichi. v. S. Ferino Pagden, Disegni Umbri (1984), pp.44-45, no.6 (for the drawing); pp. 13-31 (for the sketchbook)