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

William Bambridge (1810-79)

The heads of Homer, Dante and another poet date 1863

Photozincograph | 34.8 x 24.5 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 852478

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A photozincograph of a drawing by Raphael (c.1510) currently in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle (RCIN 912760r). Lettered with production details.

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. A photograph of the drawing at RCIN 852477.
  • Creator(s)

    William Bambridge (1810-79) (photographer)

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

    Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
    Homer (active 850 BC?)
  • 34.8 x 24.5 cm (sheet of paper)

  • Studies for the Heads of Homer, Virgil, and Dante, in the "Parnassus"; by Raphael.

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

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

    Ruland p.186 C.I.63

    Bibliographic reference(s)

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

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