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

After a work attributed to Giovanni Francesco Penni (1496-c. 1536)

The baptism of Christ c.1853-76

Albumen print | 15.6 x 30.6 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 853638

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A photograph of a pen and ink drawing in the British Museum (inv. no.1861.0608,150), attributed to Giovanni Francesco Penni, for 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.

Ruland (1876) catalogued this British Museum drawing as a copy after the 'original' sketch for the loggia fresco, which, following Passavant, he believed to be that held in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle (RCIN 912731; see also RCIN 853637 for a photograph of this drawing). Popham (see Bibliographic References) later recognised that the British Museum drawing was the original sketch, and that it was the Royal Collection drawing which copied that in the British Museum. Dacos (see Bibliographic References) attributes the British Museum drawing to Raffaellino del Colle.
  • Creator(s)

    After a work attributed to Giovanni Francesco Penni (1496-c. 1536) (artist)

    Jesus Christ
  • annotation: Top / 171 [verso, top, in ink]
  • 15.6 x 30.6 cm (sheet of paper)

  • Acquired for the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (c.1853-76)

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • 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.226 B.LI.6

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    P&W : Popham, A.E. & Wilde, J., 1949. The Italian Drawings of the XV and XVI Centuries in the Collection of His Majesty The King at Windsor Castle, London no.860

    Italian Drawings [...] British Museum: Raphael and his circle: catalogue, 1962 / Philip Pouncey and J.A. Gere, London no.67

    Dacos 2008: Dacos, N., The Loggia of Raphael: A Vatican Art Treasure, 2008 p.225, fig.103