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

After? Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520)

St John receiving the Revelation, with Pope Julius II in prayer c.1860-76

Carbon print | 24.2 x 38.9 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 852713

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A photograph of a drawing now in the Musée du Louvre, Paris (inv. no.3866), generally described as recording a design originally conceived by Raphael for either the Jurisprudence Wall in the Stanza della Segnatura or for the fresco of the Mass at Bolsena to be painted in the Stanza di Eliodoro. Whether this is the original design by Raphael or a copy after it (perhaps by Penni, as sometimes suggested) is ongoing matter of debate. The subject is generally interpreted as the opening of the Seventh Seal (Apocalypse VIII, 1-6), with St John the Evangelist recording the event in the Book of Apocalypse (lower right) and Pope Julius II kneeling down in prayer (lower left).

A photograph of this drawing is included in the 'New Testament Subject' section of the Raphael Collection; see RCIN 850482 for it.
  • Creator(s)

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

    After? Giovanni Francesco Penni (1496-c. 1536) (artist)

    Saint John the Evangelist
    Pope Julius II (1443-1513)
  • 24.2 x 38.9 cm (sheet of paper)

  • Acquired for the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (c.1860-76)

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • God (Christianity)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Italy
          • Lazio [Italy]
            • Rome [Lazio]
              • Vatican City [Rome]
                • Vatican Palace [Vatican City]
                  • Stanza della Segnatura [Vatican Palace]
                  • Stanza d'Eliodoro [Vatican Palace]
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.202 C.16

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford p.196, no.254

    Cordellier/Py 1992 : Raphael : son atelier, ses copistes, 1992 / par Dominique Cordellier et Bernadette Py, Paris (Inventaire general des dessins Italiens ; V / sous la direction de Francoise Viatte) p.223, no.296