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

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

A Triton c.1853-76

Albumen print | 13.6 x 9.7 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 853742

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A photograph of a drawing of a triton blowing a conch shell. Not in Ruland (1876); an annotation in a late nineteenth-century hand to the catalogue states that the drawing was then in the Uffizi at Florence. The annotation relates the drawing to a desorative element in the Loggia, designed by Raphael and executed by his workshop (c.1517-19) in the Vatican; it may perhaps be related to a now lost part of the decoration on an exterior pilaster, another element of which is reproduced in a print by Cherubino Alberto (see RCIN 853741 for an impression of this print). Annotated on verso.

A drawing which appears to be of the same composition is in the Musée Bonnat, Bayonne (
  • Creator(s)

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

  • annotation: Pf. 39. 132; Insert R. Cat. / page 232, / 132a Photo of a pen / and ink washed sketch / of the Tritons; - in / the collection of the / Uffizi at Florence; Loggia LXIV 132a [verso, top; centre; bottom, in pencil; all different hands?]
  • 13.6 x 9.7 cm (sheet of paper)

  • Acquired for the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (after 1876)

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Decorative motifs
        • Grotesques
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Religions of antiquity
          • Classical mythology
            • Triton (myth)
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Zoology
        • Animals
          • Shells (animal)
            • Conch Shells
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.232 B.132a(add)

    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