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

After a work copying Pietro Perugino (Città della Pieve c. 1450-Fontignano 1523)

A young man published 1829

Etching | 25.8 x 19.9 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 854663

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A facsimile etching of a drawing depicting a young man now in the Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice (inv. no. 21 verso). See RCIN 854662 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: XXIV. Annotated on the verso.

Ferino Pagden (see Bibliographic References), although without identifying an exact model, catalogued the figure depicted in this drawing as a copy of a Peruginesque composition which can be dated around the same time as the execution of the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, Vatican (c.1481-1482).  

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 Pietro Perugino (Città della Pieve c. 1450-Fontignano 1523) (artist)

    After a work associated with Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (artist)

    Luigi Celotti (1759-1843) (publisher)

  • annotation: left (?) [verso, centre, in ink]
  • 25.8 x 19.9 cm (sheet of paper)

    22.9 x 16.7 cm (platemark)

  • Added to the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (c.1853-1876)

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Italy
          • Lazio [Italy]
            • Rome [Lazio]
              • Vatican City [Rome]
                • Vatican Palace [Vatican City]
                  • Sistine Chapel [Vatican Palace]
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p. 354 A.XXI.2

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Gallerie dell' Accademia di Venezia : catalogo dei disegni antichi. v. S. Ferino Pagden, Disegni Umbri (1984), pp. 135-136, no. 51 (for the drawing); pp. 13-31 (for the sketchbook)