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

Storch and Kramer

Poetry 1867

Chromolithograph | 35.7 x 35.8 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 852623

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A chromolithograph reproducing one of the four roundels painted on the vault of the Stanza della Segnatura in the Vatican, published by the Arundel Society (see RCIN 852621 for a photograph of the painting). Trimmed to image.

The Arundel Society published engravings and chromolithographs in the 1860s and 1870s after works by Raphael. The chromolithographs were produced by Storch & Kramer after copies by Cesari Mariannecci. The chromolithograph depicting Poetry was issued in 1867.

This roundel depicts the allegorical figure of Poetry, flanked by two winged putti holding inscribed panels, from the vault of the Stanza della Segnatura, where it is painted above the fresco of 'Parnassus'. From 1508 until his death in 1520, Raphael undertook the decoration of a number of spaces in the Vatican Palace for, first, Pope Julius II and, later, Leo X. The first of these commissions was for what was probably the Pope's private library, known as the Stanza della Segnatura. The major aspects of the decorative scheme of the room are as follows: personifications of Poetry, Theology, Jurisprudence and Philosophy in roundels on the vault, with four narrative scenes known as the School of Athens, the Parnassus, the Disputa and the Three Cardinal Virtues on the walls below. There is a preparatory drawing by Raphael for Poetry in the Royal Collection (see RCIN 912734). 
  • Creator(s)

    Storch and Kramer (lithographer)

    After Mariannecci, Cesari (fl.1850-70) (artist)

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

    Arundel Society : London (publisher)

  • 35.7 x 35.8 cm (sheet of paper)

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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
    Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Italy
          • Lazio [Italy]
            • Rome [Lazio]
              • Vatican City [Rome]
                • Vatican Palace [Vatican City]
                  • Stanza della Segnatura [Vatican Palace]
                    • Vatican-Stanza della Segnatura-Ceiling
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.195 F.II.3