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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 c.1853-76

Salted paper print? | 30.2 x 22.2 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 852497

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A photograph of a drawing by Raphael (c.1510) currently in a Private Collection (Christie's, London, 8 December 2009, lot 43). Ruland (1876) catalogued it as being then in the collection of Mr Boulton.

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.
  • Creator(s)

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

  • 30.2 x 22.2 cm (sheet of paper)

  • Acquired for the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (c.1853-76)

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Religions of antiquity
          • Classical mythology
            • Muses
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Greece
          • Mount Parnassus [Greece]
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.187 C.I.82

    Bibliographic reference(s)

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