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

W Long (active 1810-20)

Study for the figure of Diogenes in 'The School of Athens' dated June 1821

Etching on tone plate | 32.1 x 36.5 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 852558

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A facsimile of a drawing by Raphael (c.1509) now in the Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt (inv. no.380). Lettered with title and production details. Published in W.Y. Ottley's Italian School of Design, London 1823.

The studies on the sheet refer to the figure of the philosopher lying on the steps in the centre of Raphael's School of Athens, painted in c.1509-10 in the Stanza della Segnatura in the Vatican. Following Vasari's account of the fresco, this figure is usually identified as the Greek philosopher Diogenes the Cynic (Diogenes of Sinope). A photograph of the drawing can be found at RCIN 852557.
  • Creator(s)

    W Long (active 1810-20) (printmaker)

    William Young Ottley (1771-1836) (printmaker)

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

    Ottley, W.Y.: London (publisher)

    Diogenes (d. c. 323 BC)
  • 32.1 x 36.5 cm (sheet of paper)

    25.2 x 30.0 cm (image)

  • Study for the figure of Diogenes, in the School of Athens.

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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.190 D.104

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford p.190, no.232

    Jacoby/Sonnabend 2012: edited by J. Jacoby and M. Sonnabend, Frankfurt/Main 2012 pp.143-5, no.19