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

Nicolas Bocquet (active 1691)

Astronomy dated 1691

Etching | 34.8 x 27.3 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 852652

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An etching after one of the four rectangular frescoes painted on the vault of the Stanza della Segnatura in the Vatican. Dated and lettered with production details in margin below image. One from a series of plates executed by Bocquet between 1690 and 1695 reproducing the ceiling frescoes of the Stanza della Segnatura.

The female figure depicted in the fresco, shown as she bends over the celestial globe, is generally identified as an embodiment of the science of Astronomy, but has also been interpreted as the allegory of the Universe or the Prime Mover.
  • Creator(s)

    Nicolas Bocquet (active 1691) (etcher)

    After Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (artist)

    Nicolas Bocquet (active 1691) (designer)

    Nicolas Bocquet (active 1691) (publisher)

  • 34.8 x 27.3 cm (sheet of paper)

    34.4 x 27.2 cm (platemark)

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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
    Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Italy
          • Lazio [Italy]
            • Rome [Lazio]
              • Vatican City [Rome]
                • Vatican Palace [Vatican City]
                  • Stanza della Segnatura [Vatican Palace]
                    • Vatican-Stanza della Segnatura-Ceiling
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.197 F.VII.2

    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.44, no.VI.23 (entry by Simonetta Prosperi Valenti RodinĂ²)