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

Giovanni Ottaviani (1735-1808)

The pilaster between the third and fourth bays of the Raphael Loggia c.1760-9

Etching with engraving | RCIN 853705

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Two prints by Giovanni Ottaviani reproducing the decoration of the interior pilaster, half-pilaster and pier between the third and fourth bays of the Loggia designed by Raphael and executed by his workshop (c.1517-19) in the Vatican. Published, as two joined sheets, as Plate 4 of the first part of Giovanni Volpato and Ottaviani, Logge di Rafaele nel Vaticano, Rome 1772-7. Not in Ruland (1876).

This publication, issued in three parts, was the first to reproduce the ornamental decoration of the pilasters, half-pilasters and vaults of the Logge in such comprehensive detail. It must be noted, however, that while the prints in the first and second parts of the publication reproduce the Logge decoration faithfully, those of the third part instead combine different motifs from it to create new designs. The repeating sequence of decoration in the Logge - see Dacos 2008 (Bibliographic References) for more information - is strongly influenced by the antique; Raphael had studied antique sculpture and painting in Rome.
  • Creator(s)

    Giovanni Ottaviani (1735-1808) (engraver)

    After a work by the workshop of Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520) (artist)

    Gaetano Savorelli (copyist)

    Pietro Camporesi (active 18th century) (copyist)

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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
    Subject(s)
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Decorative motifs
        • Grotesques
      • Decorative techniques & surface decoration
        • Floral decorations
          • Garlands
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Agriculture and related techniques
        • Animal husbandry
          • Horses
    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Zoology
        • Animals
          • Birds
    • People
      • Goddesses
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.230 B.20.a-b(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 p.104, XIII, no.5 (entry by Grazia Bernini Pezzini)

    Höper 2001 : Höper, C. Raffael und die Folgen, Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2001 p.473, G.21.8

    Davidson 1985 : Davidson, Bernice F. Raphael's Bible. A Study of the Vatican Logge, 1985 pp.27-38

    Dacos 2008: Dacos, N., The Loggia of Raphael: A Vatican Art Treasure, 2008 pp.15-135