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

François Forster (1790-1872)

Head of a muse [from 'The Parnassus'] dated 1842

Engraving | 40.1 x 29.6 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 852464

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A print reproducing the head and shoulders of the third standing muse to the left of Apollo in the fresco of the Parnassus, painted by Raphael in c.1510-11 in the Stanza della Segnatura, Vatican. The figure is surrounded by a fictive frame. Proof lacking identification of the figure and provenance of the work. Lettered with production details. Stamped with the publisher's blind stamp (Lugt 4210).

In the final state of the engraving, the figure is described as Melpomene, the muse of tragedy. This identification is still regarded as the most plausible.
  • Creator(s)

    François Forster (1790-1872) (engraver)

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

    Bernard Duvivier (1762-1837) (designer)

    Chardon Ainé et Aze (printer)

    Veith & Hauser: 11 Boulevard des Italiens, Paris (publisher)

  • 40.1 x 29.6 cm (sheet of paper)

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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
    Subject(s)
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Religions of antiquity
          • Classical mythology
            • Muses
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Greece
          • Mount Parnassus [Greece]
        • Italy
          • Lazio [Italy]
            • Rome [Lazio]
              • Vatican City [Rome]
                • Vatican Palace [Vatican City]
                  • Stanza della Segnatura [Vatican Palace]
                    • Vatican-Stanza della Segnatura-Parnassus
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.185 C.6