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

After Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520)

Studies for 'The Judgement of Solomon' c.1853-76

Albumen print? | 22.9 x 24.6 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 852657

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A photograph of a drawing by Raphael (c.1510) now in the Albertina, Vienna (inv. no.189 r). The studies connect with the Judgement of Solomon, one of the four rectangular frescoes painted on the vault of the Stanza della Segnatura in the Vatican, a photograph of which can be found at RCIN 852654.

A sketch for the ‘true mother’ is visible in the centre; at lower right is a study for the kneeling ‘false mother’. The naked executioner on the left, with further study to upper-right, was finally used in the Massacre of the Innocents, an engraving by Marcantonio Raimondi. See RCIN 850413 for this print. The Massacre of the Innocents was produced during the early years of the collaboration between Marcantonio and Raphael; six drawings by Raphael related to this composition survive, though no painting is known. See RCINs 850419, 850421, 850422 and 850424 for photographs of the other drawings.

Another photograph of this drawing is included in the "New Testament Subjects" section of the Raphael Collection; see RCIN 850425 for it.
  • Creator(s)

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

  • 22.9 x 24.6 cm (sheet of paper)

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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    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.197 F.VIII.4

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford p.195, no.252v

    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.103