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

Joseph Karel de Meulemeester (Bruges 1771-Rome 1836)

The baptism of Christ c.1805-1835

Engraving | 42.7 x 70.7 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 853632

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A print after the fresco The baptism of Christ painted by the workshop of Raphael (c.1517-19) in the vault of the thirteenth bay of the Raphael Loggia in the Vatican. Lettered with Bible quote in Latin (Mark 1) and production details. Numbered on plate at upper right: LI.

Meulemeester travelled to Rome in 1806 to make engravings after the frescoes of the Raphael Loggia, but died in 1836 with the project unfinished. 51 drawings by Meulemeester after the loggia frescoes survive in the Musée Royaux des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. The series was later completed and published in 1845 with an accompanying text by the Baron de Reiffenberg. Plate 51 from Les Loges de Raphael, 1845 (see Bibliographic References).
  • Creator(s)

    Joseph Karel de Meulemeester (Bruges 1771-Rome 1836) (engraver)

    After a work by the workshop of Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (artist)

    Chardon Ainé et Aze (printer)

    Paris : Gide (publisher)

    Brussels: A Lacrosse (publisher)

    Jesus Christ
  • 42.7 x 70.7 cm (sheet of paper)

    30.7 x 57.4 cm (platemark)


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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Life of Christ
            • Public Life of Christ
              • Baptism of Christ
          • Bible & Holy Scripture
            • New Testament
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.225 B.LI.1

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Davidson 1985 : Davidson, Bernice F. Raphael's Bible. A Study of the Vatican Logge, 1985 fig.112

    Dacos 2008: Dacos, N., The Loggia of Raphael: A Vatican Art Treasure, 2008 pl.149, p.191