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

Philippe Thomassin (1562-1622)

The Fire in the Borgo dated 1610

Engraving | 66.5 x 47.7 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 852820

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An engraving reproducing (in reverse) the composition of Raphael's fresco of The Fire in the Borgo, painted in 1514 in the Stanza dell'Incendio in the Vatican. Lettered with: Thomassin's publishing line and date at lower centre-left, and de Rossi's publishing address on a step at lower left; reference to Raphael's wall-painting on a step at lower left; dedication to Pietro Lanzi, motto and armour at lower right. Annotated in pencil on the back. Not in Ruland (1876).

This engraving has often been described as a late state of a rectangular plate generally attributed to Marco Dente (see RCIN 852819). According to Bartsch and many scholars since, Marco Dente's plate was later retouched and published by Philippe Thomassin, who adapted the rectangular format of the engraving to the arched format of the fresco. The present state also bears the publishing address of Giovanni Giacomo de' Rossi.
  • Creator(s)

    Philippe Thomassin (1562-1622) (engraver)

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

    Philippe Thomassin (1562-1622) (publisher)

    Giovanni Giacomo de' Rossi (1627-91): Stampa alla Pace, Rome (publisher)

    Pope Leo IV (r.847-855)
  • annotation: Pf. 29. III 3a [back, lower right, in pencil]
  • 66.5 x 47.7 cm (sheet of paper)


  • Added to the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (after 1876)

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Chemistry
        • Fires
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Italy
          • Lazio [Italy]
            • Rome [Lazio]
              • Vatican City [Rome]
                • Vatican Palace [Vatican City]
                  • Stanza dell'Incendio [Vatican Palace]
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.208 B.III.3a(add)

    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 pp.54-5, no.I.1 (entry by Stefania Massari)

    Höper 2001 : Höper, C. Raffael und die Folgen, Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2001 p.409, no.F 15.1C