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

Léon Gaucherel (1816-86)

Study for the figure of Sappho published 1870

Etching with some roulette work | 17.6 x 24.3 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 852502

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A print reproducing a study by Raphael for the figure of Sappho, depicted to the left of the fictive moulding of the window frame in the fresco of Parnassus, painted in c.1510-11 in the Stanza della Segnatura, Vatican. Lettered with production details, title and provenance of the work. Published in Album de la Gazette des Beaux-Arts, Paris 1870.

The figure reproduced here is a detail taken from a study sheet by Raphael now in the British Museum, London (inv. no.Pp,1.73). A photograph of it can be found at RCIN 852501.
  • Creator(s)

    Léon Gaucherel (1816-86) (etcher)

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

    Beillet : 35 Quai de la Tornelle, Paris (printer)

    Subject(s)
    Sappho
  • 17.6 x 24.3 cm (sheet of paper)

    16.3 x 22.8 cm (platemark)

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

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

    Ruland p.187 C.I.87

    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

    Höper 2001 : Höper, C. Raffael und die Folgen, Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2001 p.385, no.F 3.15