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Vatican Frescoes

Vatican Frescoes


Constantine defeating the tyrant Maxentius

dated 1544

Engraving | 37.4 x 45.4 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 852931

An engraving generally described as based upon a lost initial design by Raphael for the fresco of 'The Battle of Constantine at the Milvian Bridge', painted by his workshop in the Sala di Costantino in the Vatican (1520-24) after drawings by him. First state. Signed and dated on a stone at lower right. Annotated in ink at lower centre.
  • Creator(s)

    Giulio di Antonio Bonasone (c. 1498-c. 1580) (engraver)

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

  • Raphael pinxit

  • 37.4 x 45.4 cm (sheet of paper)

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

  • Subject(s)
    • Social sciences
      • Military affairs
        • Wars, Campaigns & Battles
          • Wars
            • Wars of the first century to the tenth century
              • Rome and the Barbarians (305-400) (war)
                • Battle of the Milvian Bridge, 312 (Rome and the Barbarians)
          • War operations
            • Battles
  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    p.113, no.II.1 (entry by Stefanbia Massari) (Raphael Invenit 1985 : Bernini Pezzini, G. et al., 1985. Raphael Invenit. Stampe di Raffaello nelle Collezioni dell'Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Rome)

    p.415, no.F 21.1 (Höper 2001 : Höper, C. Raffael und die Folgen, Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2001)