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Vatican Frescoes

Vatican Frescoes

Noah's Sacrifice

dated 1740

Chiaroscuro woodcut, printed from three blocks in grey | RCIN 853407

A chiaroscuro woodcut after a drawing in the Albertina, Vienna (RCIN 853406), reproducing 'Noah's Sacrifice painted by the workshop of Raphael (c.1517-19) in the vault of the third bay of the Raphael Loggia in the Vatican. Signed with printmaker's name at lower right and inscribed at lower left: 'Ex Raphaelij Urbinatis Schede, que in Aedibus Crosatis extat'.

Zanetti revived the chiaroscuro woodcut, a prevalent technique of sixteenth-century Italian printmaking. Zanetti published a collection of chiaroscuro woodcuts, primarily after works by Parmigianino, but also including some after Raphael, in the late 1720s under the title Diversarum Iconum and again in a third edition of 1749 with the title 'Raccolta di varie stampe...'. See RCINs 853424, 853429, 853437, 853457 and 853471 for other chiaroscuro woodcuts by Zanetti after Loggia frescoes.
  • Added to the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (c.1853-76)