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The frescoes in the Vatican Palace commissioned by Popes Julius II and Leo X

Giuseppe Manocchi (1731-82)

A corner of the vault of the fourth bay of the loggia dated 1769

Pencil, watercolour and ink | 35.4 x 35.4 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 853735

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A watercolour and bodycolour drawing by Giuseppe Manocchi reproducing the decoration of a corner from the vault of the fourth bay of the Loggia, designed by Raphael and executed by his workshop (c.1517-19), in the Vatican. Within a triple ruled border in ink. On two sheets of paper joined together. Signed and dated by Manocchi along bottom: "Soffitto delle Vaticano Io Giuseppe Manocchi Romano 1769".

Manocchi was an Italian draughtsman who is known to have worked in the London office of the architects Robert and James Adam in the late 1760s and early 1770s. The Royal Collection holds a group of c.30 ornamental ceiling and grotesque drawings by him; a much larger body of work, of similar subjects though dated earlier than those here, is held at Sir John Soane's Museum.

The repeating sequence of decoration in the Loggia - see Dacos 2008 (Bibliographic References) for more information - is strongly influenced by the antique; Raphael had studied antique sculpture and painting in Rome.
  • Creator(s)

    Giuseppe Manocchi (1731-82) (artist)

    After a work by the workshop of Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (artist)

  • 35.4 x 35.4 cm (sheet of paper)

  • Added to the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (c.1853-76)

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • drawings/watercolours
    Subject(s)
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Decorative motifs
        • Grotesques
      • Decorative techniques & surface decoration
        • Floral decorations
          • Garlands
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.232 B.127

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Davidson 1985 : Davidson, Bernice F. Raphael's Bible. A Study of the Vatican Logge, 1985 pp.27-38

    Dacos 2008: Dacos, N., The Loggia of Raphael: A Vatican Art Treasure, 2008 pp.15-135