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

Attributed to Monogrammist B.M.

Angels appear to Abraham c.1560-70

Engraving | 30.7 x 25.0 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 853422

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A print reproducing, in reverse and with significant variations, the fresco Angels appears to Abraham painted by the workshop of Raphael (c.1517-19) in the vault of the fourth bay of the Raphael Loggia in the Vatican. Lettered with a title and production details. First state. On watermarked paper (unidentified).

The British Museum holds an earlier print (BM,1.120), where the figures are not reversed, from which this print was copied. Ruland (1876) describes this print in the Raphael Collection as by the Monogrammist B.M., citing Nagler (I, no.1961), though Nagler noted that the monogramme only appears on the second state.
  • Creator(s)

    Attributed to Monogrammist B.M. (engraver)

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

    Guarinoni, Luca : (publisher)

  • watermark: Circle surmounted by a fleur de lys, unidentifiable shape within circle [near bottom]
  • 30.7 x 25.0 cm (sheet of paper)


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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Bible & Holy Scripture
            • Old Testament
          • Angels, demons, devils, saints
            • Angels
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.216 B.XV.5

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Davidson 1985 : Davidson, Bernice F. Raphael's Bible. A Study of the Vatican Logge, 1985 fig.38

    Dacos 2008: Dacos, N., The Loggia of Raphael: A Vatican Art Treasure, 2008 pl.113, p.153