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

Domenico Cunego (1726-1803)

A set of thirty-three prints reproducing heads from 'The School of Athens' published 1785

Etching | RCIN 852536

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A set of thirty-three etchings reproducing heads of figures from Raphael's fresco of The School of Athens, painted in c.1509-10 in the Stanza della Segnatura in the Vatican; from Le LII Teste della celebre scuola d'Atene, dipinta da Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, disegnate in XL carte dal Cavalier Anton. Raffaello Mengs, incise da Dom. Cunego, a series of forty prints reproducing fifty-two heads from the fresco. The series was printed and published in Rome in 1785. The plates were engraved by Domenico Cunego after designs by Raphael Mengs, who is also the author of a full-size painted copy of the famous fresco now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (inv. no.P.36-1926). Each print is lettered along the bottom margin with production details. Some plates are numbered at top left; most of them are lettered with identification of the sitter.
  • Creator(s)

    Domenico Cunego (1726-1803) (printmaker)

    After Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (artist)

    Anton Raphael Mengs (1728-79) (designer)

    Aristotle (384-322 BC)
    Diogenes (d. c. 323 BC)
    Euclid (active 300 BC)
    Ptolemy (c. 100-c. 178)
    Aspasia (c. 470-c. 400 BC)
    Socrates (469-399 BC)
  • Added to the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (c.1853-76)

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Italy
          • Lazio [Italy]
            • Rome [Lazio]
              • Vatican City [Rome]
                • Vatican Palace [Vatican City]
                  • Stanza della Segnatura [Vatican Palace]
                    • Vatican-Stanza della Segnatura-School of Athens
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.190 D.33.a-ag

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Tauriscus 1819 : Tauriscus, E, 1819. Catalogues des estampes gravees d'apres Rafael, Frankurt p.76, no.11