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

After Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520)

Auxiliary cartoon for the head of a Muse published 1841

Lithograph | 38.2 x 29.1 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 852498

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A facsimile of a drawing by Raphael (c.1510) currently in a Private Collection (sold at Christie's, London, 8 December 2009, lot 43). Published in Lawrence Gallery. A series of facsimiles of original drawings by Raffaelle da Urbino, London 1841, no.22.

The drawing is an auxiliary cartoon for the head of the third standing muse to the right of Apollo in Raphael's fresco of Parnassus, painted in c.1510-11 in the Stanza della Segnatura, Vatican. Although the identification of the figure is the subject of ongoing debate, today's most plausible identification seems to be Terpsichore, the muse ruling over dance and theatrical choruses. A photograph of the drawing can be found at RCIN 852497.
  • Creator(s)

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

    S. & A. Woodburn : London (publisher)

  • 38.2 x 29.1 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
        • Religions of antiquity
          • Classical mythology
            • Muses
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Greece
          • Mount Parnassus [Greece]
      • Physiography
        • Mountains
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.187 C.I.83

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford p.193, no.245

    Höper 2001 : Höper, C. Raffael und die Folgen, Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2001 p.385, no.F 3.13