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

Monogrammist A.P. (active 1555)

Acanthus leaves, an eagle and a snake dated 1555

Etching | 38.0 x 25.6 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 853738

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An etching by the monogrammist A.P. catalogued by Ruland (1876) as related to a decorative element in the Loggia, designed by Raphael and executed by his workshop (c.1517-19) in the Vatican. Dated and signed with the printmaker's monogram (Nagler I, no.1101) below image. Trimmed almost to platemark. On watermarked paper (possibly Heawood 2544?). 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 853739.

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: 17 [illegible] 891 [two illegible words]; 127; [illegible] [verso, top left; centre; along bottom[?], in ink; different hands]
    watermark: A hand in a circle surmounted by a star [top centre, Heawood 2544?]
  • 38.0 x 25.6 cm (sheet of paper)

    37.5 x 25.2 cm (platemark)

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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Decorative motifs
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Zoology
        • Animals
          • Birds
      • Botany
        • General botany
          • Leaves
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.232 B.129

    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