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

Two figures seen from behind published 1829

Etching | 26.4 x 20.7 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 854658

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A facsimile etching of a drawing depicting two standing men seen from behind now in the Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice (inv. no. 20 verso). See RCIN 854657 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: XV. Annotated on the verso.

Ferino Pagden (see Bibliographic References) catalogued the figure depicted to the right as a copy of one of the apostles in the 'Delivery of the Keys', frescoed c. 1481-1482 by Pietro Perugino in the Sistine Chapel, Vatican. The model for the figure to the left has not been recognised yet. Various copies of the same composition are also known. This drawing is squared up, although it has not been established whether this is actually to be attributed to a later hand, as the squaring up does not feature either in the etching published by Luigi Celotti or in the various copies after this drawing (one of them now in the Musée Conde, Chantilly, inv. no. 63 (55); a photograph of which can be found at RCIN 854659).

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)

    Luigi Celotti (1759-1843) (publisher)

  • annotation: middle centre [verso, centre, in ink]
  • 26.4 x 20.7 cm (sheet of paper)

    24.9 x 19.0 cm (platemark)

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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Life of Christ
            • Public Life of Christ
              • Christ's Charge to Peter (Donation of the Keys)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Italy
          • Lazio [Italy]
            • Rome [Lazio]
              • Vatican City [Rome]
                • Vatican Palace [Vatican City]
                  • Sistine Chapel [Vatican Palace]
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p. 353 A.XIX.2

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Gallerie dell' Accademia di Venezia : catalogo dei disegni antichi. v. S. Ferino Pagden, Disegni Umbri (1984), pp. 133-134, no. 50 (for the drawing); pp. 13-31 (for the sketchbook)