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

Monogrammist A.P. (active 1555)

A triton blowing a conch shell dated 1555

Etching | 27.5 x 14.9 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 853739

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An etching by the monogrammist A.P. catalogued by Ruland (1876) as related to a design element in the Loggia, designed by Raphael and executed by his workshop (c.1517-19) in the Vatican. Dated at bottom left. Trimmed within platemark. Annotated on verso.

Three other etchings thought to reproduce decorative features from the loggia by this printmaker are also known; see RCINs 853729, 853733 and 853738.

The repeating sequence of decoration in the Logge - 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)

    Monogrammist A.P. (active 1555) (etcher)

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

  • annotation: [both annotations illegible] [verso, top centre; bottom left, in ink]
  • 27.5 x 14.9 cm (sheet of paper)

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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
    • 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.130

    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