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

Michele Lucchesi (1539- ?1604)

A view of a wall in Cardinal Bibbiena's stufetta c.1534-64

Engraving | 51.3 x 35.3 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 853714

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A print by Michele Lucchese depicting grotesques on a wall in the stufetta, or bathroom, in the apartments of Cardinal Bibbiena in the Vatican Palace, which was frescoed with mythological subjects by Raphael's workshop c.1516. Lettered in the lower register with attribution of the composition to Raphael and, at bottom, the engraver's monogram (Nagler. IV, no.1977). Unidentified collector's stamp at bottom right. Not in Ruland (1876).

This print is one of a set of three reproducing grotesque designs by Raphael. It was mistakenly catalogued by Ruland as depicting the grotesque paintings on the end wall of the Raphael Loggia, designed by Raphael and executed by his workshop (c.1517-19) in the Vatican. 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)

    Michele Lucchesi (1539- ?1604) (engraver)

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

  • 51.3 x 35.3 cm (sheet of paper)

    45.4 x 30.5 cm (platemark)

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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
    Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Italy
          • Lazio [Italy]
            • Rome [Lazio]
              • Vatican City [Rome]
                • Vatican Palace [Vatican City]
                  • Bathroom (stufetta) of Cardinal Bibbiena [Vatican Palace]
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.230 B.43a(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.64, 1a

    Jones/Penny 1983 : Jones, R. and Penny, N. Raphael, 1983 pp.192-94

    Cordellier/Py 1992 : Raphael : son atelier, ses copistes, 1992 / par Dominique Cordellier et Bernadette Py, Paris (Inventaire general des dessins Italiens ; V / sous la direction de Francoise Viatte) pp.324-25