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

Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)

Study for the allegorical figure of Poetry c.1853-76

Albumen print | 35.7 x 22.7 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 852627

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A photograph of a drawing by Raphael (c.1509-10)  now in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle (RCIN 912734), for the allegorical figure of Poetry, painted by Raphael in the vault of the Stanza della Segnatura in the Vatican (see RCIN 852621 for a photograph of the painting).

The roundel for which this drawing is a study depicts Poetry, flanked by two winged putti holding inscribed panels, from the vault of the Stanza della Segnatura, where it is painted above the fresco of 'Parnassus'. From 1508 until his death in 1520, Raphael undertook the decoration of a number of spaces in the Vatican Palace for, first, Pope Julius II and, later, Leo X. The first of these commissions was for what was probably the Pope's private library, known as the Stanza della Segnatura. The major aspects of the decorative scheme of the room are as follows: personifications of Poetry, Theology, Jurisprudence and Philosophy in roundels on the vault, with four narrative scenes known as the School of Athens, the Parnassus, the Disputa and the Three Cardinal Virtues on the walls below. 
  • Creator(s)

    Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68) (photographer)

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

  • 35.7 x 22.7 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.195 F.II.7

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford p.194, no.248

    Clayton 1999 : Clayton, M. Raphael and his Circle. Drawings from Windsor Castle, London pp.65-8, no.15