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Vatican Frescoes

Vatican Frescoes

The Emperor Costantine's Donation


Etching | RCIN 852799

An etching after one of the compositions frescoed in monochrome in the window-embrasures of the Stanza di Eliodoro in the Vatican. Lettered with artists' names, publishing line and title. This is the left-hand fragment of a wider etching also reproducing 'The Judgment of Zaleucus', a composition allegedly painted in the window-embrasure of the Stanza della Segnatura. The right-hand fragment, lettered with artists' names, can be found at RCIN 852663.

Published in 'Picturae omniumque bonarium Artium Cultori eximio...', a series of 15 plates (including title-page with dedication to Nicolò Simonelli) reproducing monochromes supposedly designed by Raphael for the Vatican stanze and the Sistine Chapel tapestries. The plates were etched by Pietro Santi Bartoli and the series was published in Rome by Gian Giacomo de Rossi. For further discussion, see Bibliographic References.
  • Added to the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (c.1853-76)