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

Ferdinand Ruscheweyh (1785-1846)

Study for a figure of a muse c.1805-35

Etching | 31.2 x 27.4 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 852490

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A facsimile of a drawing by Raphael (c.1510) now in the Albertina, Vienna (inv. no.220). Lettered with artists' names.

The drawing is a study for the figure of the muse seated to the right of Apollo in Raphael's fresco of Parnassus, painted in c.1510-11 in the Stanza della Segnatura, Vatican. In the fresco the figure is depicted holding a kithara, an attribute generally associated with Erato, the muse ruling over music.
  • Creator(s)

    Ferdinand Ruscheweyh (1785-1846) (etcher)

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

  • 31.2 x 27.4 cm (sheet of paper)

    25.7 x 21.9 cm (platemark)

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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Religions of antiquity
          • Classical mythology
            • Muses
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Greece
          • Mount Parnassus [Greece]
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.187 C.I.75

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford p.192, no.239