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Vatican Frescoes

Vatican Frescoes

Study for a figure of a muse


Etching | RCIN 852490

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