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Most notably the tapestries Raphael designed for the Sistine Chapel

Pasquale Proja (b. 1834)

Allegory of Religion flanked by Justice and Charity c.1854-1900

Engraving | 49.5 x 58.9 cm (platemark) | RCIN 853309

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A print after Clement VII’s papal throne canopy now in the Vatican Museums. Lettered with production details, dedication and dedicatee's coat of arms. With pencil annotations on the front. Described as from Pietro de Brognoli's series of prints after Raphael's Stanze frescoes and Vatican tapestries dated 1874 (Höper 2001). Not in Ruland (1876).

The subject has generally been interpreted as an allegorical representation of Justice (left) and Charity (right) flanking Religion (or the Church) resting on a globe, with lions holding standards with papal insignia in the foreground. The side vertical borders reproduced in this print are derived from the Sistine Chapel tapestry of Christ Charge to Peter. See RCIN 853039.

The throne canopy of Pope Clement VII is commonly associated with the so-called Scuola Nuova tapestry set. It is assumed that it was woven in the workshop of Pieter van Aelst in Brussels during the mid-1520s from cartoons by Tommaso Vincidor. For further discussion, see Bibliographic References.
  • Creator(s)

    Pasquale Proja (b. 1834) (engraver)

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

    Nicola Ortis (1818-97) (designer)

    Angelo Biggi (active 19th century) (printer)

    José Campo Pérez, Marqués de Campo (1814-89) (dedicator)

    Pietro Brognoli (active c. 1874) (dedicator)

    Pope Clement VII (r. 1523-34) (active 1494-1534)
  • annotation: Pf 33. XI. I a / 258 Scuola Nuova XI I. [front, lower left, in pencil]
  • 49.5 x 58.9 cm (platemark)


  • Added to the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (after 1876)

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Zoology
        • Animals
          • Mammals
            • Carnivorous mammals
              • Felines
                • Lions
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.258 C.XI.1a(add)

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Raphael Invenit 1985 : G. Bernini Pezzini et al., Raphael Invenit. Stampe di Raffaello nelle Collezioni dell'Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Rome, 1985 p.143, no.XI.1 (entry by Grazia Bernini Pezzini)

    Höper 2001 : Höper, C. Raffael und die Folgen, Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2001 p.508, no.H 24.1

    Tapestry in the Renaissance 2002 : Tapestry in the Renaissance. Art and Magnificence, ed. Thomas P. Campbell, The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2002 pp.241-3