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Vatican Frescoes

Vatican Frescoes


Diogenes [from 'The School of Athens']

dated 1779

Etching with aquatint | 17.9 x 26.5 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 852559

A facsimile of a drawing attributed on plate to Giorgio Vasari when in the collection of Mr Praun in Nuremberg. The lettered inscription, including printmaker's name and date of execution: 1779, was cut off and pasted below image. Published in Johann Gottlieb Prestel, 'Dessins des meilleurs Peintres d'Italie, d'Allemagne, et des Pays-Bas, du Cabinet de Monsieur Paul de Praun à Nuremberg', 1780, plate 14. The drawing reproduced in this print appears to be a copy after the figure of the philosopher reclining on the stairs with a cup by his side in Raphael's 'School of Athens'. Following Vasari's account of the fresco, this figure is usually identified as the Greek philosopher Diogenes the Cynic (Diogenes of Sinope).
  • Creator(s)

    Maria Katharina Prestel (1747-94) (printmaker)

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

  • 17.9 x 26.5 cm (sheet of paper)

    2.8 x 32.7 cm (sheet of paper)

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