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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)

The prophet Jeremiah  c.1853-1876

Albumen print | 22.6 x 16.6 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 854647

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A photograph of a drawing depicting a seated man now in the Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice (inv. no. 54 verso). This drawing is on the verso of a sheet depicting a flute-player (see RCIN 854279 for a photograph of the recto). Annotated on the verso.

Ferino Pagden (see Bibliographic References) identified the model of this drawing as the prophet Jeremiah in the 'St Peter Altarpiece' executed by Pietro Perugino (c.1496-1500) and now in the Musée des Beaux Arts, Nantes (the painting is reproduced in the catalogue of the drawings of the Gallerie dell'Accademia). The high quality of this sheet is possibly a result of the draughtsman having had direct access to drawings by Raphael which were in turn copied from Perugino's 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 Pietro Perugino (Città della Pieve c. 1450-Fontignano 1523) (artist)

    After a work copying Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (draughtsman)

  • annotation: middle (?) [verso, centre, in ink]
  • 22.6 x 16.6 cm (sheet of paper)

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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p. 352 A.XIV.1

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Gallerie dell' Accademia di Venezia : catalogo dei disegni antichi. v. S. Ferino Pagden, Disegni Umbri (1984), pp. 59-60, no. 13 (for the drawing); pp. 13-31 (for the sketchbook)