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

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

Jacob's dream c.1853-76

Albumen print | 17.7 x 23.7 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 853461

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A photograph of a drawing attributed to Giovanni Francesco Penni in the British Museum (,0616.82) which is generally believed to have been the modello for the fresco Jacob's dream painted by the workshop of Raphael (c.1517-19) in the vault of the sixth bay of the Raphael Loggia in the Vatican. See RCIN 853465 for a woodcut by Ugo da Carpi after the drawing.

The drawing, previously owned by William II, King of the Netherlands and Thomas Lawrence, amongst others, was evidently trimmed at the top before it was photographed as it is missing the figure of God the father, who appears in the fresco.
  • Creator(s)

    After a work attributed to Giovanni Francesco Penni (1496-c. 1536) (designer)

  • 17.7 x 23.7 cm (sheet of paper)

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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Bible & Holy Scripture
            • Old Testament
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.218 B.XXI.4

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Italian Drawings [...] British Museum: Raphael and his circle: catalogue, 1962 / Philip Pouncey and J.A. Gere, London no.65

    Dacos 2008: Dacos, N., The Loggia of Raphael: A Vatican Art Treasure, 2008 p.220, fig.93