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

Charles Damour (b. 1813)

Study for the figure of a Muse c.1835-76

Crayon-manner | 38.3 x 25.7 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 852493

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A print reproducing (in reverse) a drawing by Raphael (c.1510) now in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (inv. no.WA1846.182r).

The drawing is an early preparatory study for the figure of the third standing muse to the left of Apollo in Raphael's fresco of Parnassus, painted in c.1510-11 in the Stanza della Segnatura, Vatican. In the fresco the figure was modified and the face was turned to the right. An engraving by Marcantonio Raimondi (RCIN 852473) and a drawing in the Ashmolean Museum (inv. no.WA1846.272; see RCIN 852475 for a photograph of it) record early versions of the Parnassus composition, both of which show the muse as in the photographed drawing. The figure is generally identified as Melpomene, the muse ruling over tragedy.
  • Creator(s)

    Charles Damour (b. 1813) (printmaker)

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

    Delamain (active 1840-50) (printer)

  • 38.3 x 25.7 cm (sheet of paper)

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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
    Subject(s)
    • 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.78

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford p.192, no.238v