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The 'Adventus' (The Arch of Constantine)


Albumen print | 31.0 x 20.6 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 854600

A photograph of a drawing now in the Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth (inv. no.906A), where it is attributed to Biagio Pupini. This drawing features a depiction of the Virgin and Child after Raphael on the verso.

Ruland (1876) catalogued this drawing as depicting a Roman Emperor with the figure of Victory above him; it actually depicts the scene of the 'Adventus', the return to Rome of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, which is sculpted on one of the panels on the northern side of the Arch of Constantine, Rome. This is one of the panels probably taken from a triumphal monument commemorating Marcus Aurelius' war against the Marcomanni and the Sarmatians (169 – 175 AD), which ended with the Emperor's triumphant return in 176 AD.
  • Creator(s)

    After Biagio Pupini (active 1511-after 1575) (draughtsman)

    After a work previously attributed to Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (draughtsman)

  • 31.0 x 20.6 cm (sheet of paper)

  • Acquired for the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (c.1853-76)

  • Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Italy
          • Lazio [Italy]
            • Rome [Lazio]
              • Arch of Constantine [Rome]
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Religions of antiquity
          • Classical mythology
            • Mars (myth)
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Architecture
        • Ecclesiastical & religious architecture
          • Non-Christian religious architecture
            • Temples