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

After Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520)

The heads of Homer, Dante and another poet c.1853-76

Salted paper print | 27.7 x 19.8 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 852477

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A photograph of a drawing by Raphael (c.1510) currently in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle (RCIN 912760r). The two heads at left correspond closely to those of Dante and Homer, standing in the upper left of Raphael's fresco of Parnassus, painted in c.1510-11 in the Stanza della Segnatura, Vatican. The head at upper right has been connected both with the poet standing above Sappho in the left foreground of the fresco, or with the figure of Virgil, standing immediately to the right of Homer.
  • Creator(s)

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

    Subject(s)
    Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
    Homer (active 850 BC?)
  • 27.7 x 19.8 cm (sheet of paper)

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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • People
      • Poets
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Greece
          • Mount Parnassus [Greece]
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.186 C.I.62

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford p.192, no.241v

    Raphael in der Albertina 1983 : aus Anlass des 500. Geburtstages des Ku╠łnstlers, Vienna 1983 p.160, under no.56

    Clayton 1999 : Clayton, M. Raphael and his Circle. Drawings from Windsor Castle, London pp.73-6, no.18r