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

After a work by the workshop of Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520)

Pilaster decorations in the Loggia c.1853-76

Albumen print | 39.5 x 11.9 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 853731

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A photograph of a drawing now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (either inv.no.1147-1848 or 1148-1848) copying elements of the garland decorations of the pilasters of the Loggia, designed by Raphael and executed by his workshop (c.1517-19) in the Vatican. Annotated on verso.

This drawing is one of two cartoons in the V&A by the same hand, with both depicting swags of fruits and foliage. The sheets were originally thought to be Giovanni da Udine's original cartoons for the pilasters, but the discovery of a watermark dating to the seventeenth century on one of the sheets led to the revised hypothesis that these are copies after pilaster decorations, and possibly made as part of the preparation for the replica Raphael Loggia in the Hermitage, St Petersburg, commissioned by Catherine the Great and executed in the 1780s (see Ward-Jackson 1979 (Bibliographic References) for more information).

The repeating sequence of decoration in the Logge - see Dacos 2008 (Bibliographic References) for more information - is strongly influenced by the antique; Raphael had studied antique sculpture and painting in Rome.
  • Creator(s)

    After a work by the workshop of Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (artist)

  • annotation: 3733; 3732; Pil IX b [verso, top right; bottom right; centre, in ink]
  • 39.5 x 11.9 cm (sheet of paper)

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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Decorative motifs
      • Decorative techniques & surface decoration
        • Floral decorations
          • Garlands
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Agriculture and related techniques
        • Horticulture
          • Fruits
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Botany
        • General botany
          • Leaves
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.231 B.123

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Ward-Jackson 1979 : Ward Jackson, P. Italian Drawings \ Victoria and Albert Museum Catalogues, 1979 p.73, no.149-50

    Davidson 1985 : Davidson, Bernice F. Raphael's Bible. A Study of the Vatican Logge, 1985 pp.27-38

    Dacos 2008: Dacos, N., The Loggia of Raphael: A Vatican Art Treasure, 2008 pp.15-135