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

After Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520)

Study for eight figures in the 'Parnassus' c.1853-76

Salted paper print | 28.1 x 18.2 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 852501

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A photograph of a drawing by Raphael (c.1510) now in the British Museum, London (inv. no.Pp,1.73). The drawing is a preparatory study for eight figures depicted in the left-hand portion of Raphael's fresco of Parnassus, painted in c.1510-11 in the Stanza della Segnatura, Vatican. It differs in a few details from the fresco. Formerly rejected as by Raphael, the drawing is now universally accepted as by his hand.
  • Creator(s)

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

    Subject(s)
    Sappho
    Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
    Homer (active 850 BC?)
  • 28.1 x 18.2 cm (sheet of paper)

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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • People
      • Poets
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Greece
          • Mount Parnassus [Greece]
      • Physiography
        • Mountains
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.187 C.I.86

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Catalogue of the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum. v. P. Pouncey and J.A.Gere, Raphael and His Circle (1962); p.37, no.44

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford p.193, no.243

    Jacoby/Sonnabend 2012: edited by J. Jacoby and M. Sonnabend, Frankfurt/Main 2012 pp.149-52, no.21