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

After a work copying Giovanni Francesco Penni (1496-c. 1536)

God separating Light from Darkness c.1853-76

Albumen print | 10.4 x 14.4 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 853340

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A photograph of a drawing catalogued by Ruland (1876) as being then in the collection of the Marchese Ranghiasci-Brancaleoni at Gubbio. Stamped with collector's mark at lower right (not in Lugt).

The drawing, formerly thought to be an original by Giulio Romano or G.F. Penni, is now generally considered to be a copy. It corresponds with the fresco of God separating Light from Darkness painted by the workshop of Raphael (c. 1517-19) in the first bay of the Raphael Loggia in the Vatican.

A drawing of this composition now in the British Museum, London (inv. no.1900,0824.109) is currently thought to be the original by Penni for the fresco. Pouncey/Gere (1962) suggested that the Ranghiasci-Brancaleoni drawing may be a copy after the British Museum sheet, rather than after the fresco. A photograph of the British Museum drawing can be found at RCIN 853341.

Another similar drawing, listed by Ruland as in the collection of the Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar, can be found at RCIN 853342.
  • Creator(s)

    After a work copying Giovanni Francesco Penni (1496-c. 1536) (artist)

    Previously attributed to after Giulio Romano (Rome c. 1499-Mantua 1546) (artist)

  • 10.4 x 14.4 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
        • Christianity
          • Bible & Holy Scripture
            • Old Testament
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.212 B.I.5

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Italian Drawings [...] British Museum: Raphael and his circle: catalogue, 1962 / Philip Pouncey and J.A. Gere, London p.53, under no.64