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

Giorgio Ghisi (1520-82)

The Disputa published 1552

Engraving | 52.4 x 84.1 cm (whole object) | RCIN 852374

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An engraving reproducing with some differences the Disputation of the Holy Sacrament, painted by Raphael around 1508-09 in the Stanza della Segnatura in the Vatican. The engraving, printed from two plates, is on two joined sheets of paper. Lettered with artists' names and text in Latin at lower right. With dedication to Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle, bishop of Arras (1517-86).

The arched format of the fresco's composition was changed and adapted to the rectangular format of the engraving, which is thought to have been made from a drawing of Raphael's finished fresco. Who may be held responsible for the drawing from which Ghisi worked is ongoing matter of debate.

This print is the third by Giorgio Ghisi to be published by Hieroninymus Cock, who probably invited Ghisi to his printing house 'Aux Quatre Vents' in Antwerp in 1548 or 1550. Another engraving by Ghisi published by Cock is The School of Athens (RCIN 852526), derived from another of Raphael's frescoes in the Stanza della Segnatura. For further discussion, see Bibliographic References.
  • Creator(s)

    Giorgio Ghisi (1520-82) (engraver)

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

    Hieronymus Cock (1507-70) (publisher)

  • 52.4 x 84.1 cm (whole object)

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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Italy
          • Lazio [Italy]
            • Rome [Lazio]
              • Vatican City [Rome]
                • Vatican Palace [Vatican City]
                  • Stanza della Segnatura [Vatican Palace]
                    • Vatican-Stanza della Segnatura-Disputa
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.179 B.2

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Raphael Invenit 1985 : G. Bernini Pezzini et al., Raphael Invenit. Stampe di Raffaello nelle Collezioni dell'Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Rome, 1985 p.33, no.I.1 (entry by Stefania Massari)

    Höper 2001 : Höper, C. Raffael und die Folgen, Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2001 pp.371-2, no.F 1.1