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

Pietro Santi Bartoli (1635-1700)

The sacrifice of Cain and Abel published 1675

Etching | 7.9 x 23.4 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 853651

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An etching by Pietro Santi Bartoli reproducing, in reverse, the almost entirely destroyed fresco The sacrifice of Cain and Abel painted by the workshop of Raphael (c.1517-19) in the basamento of the second bay of the Raphael Loggia in the Vatican. Lettered with Bible quote in Latin (Genesis 4). Numbered, in reverse, on plate at lower right: 2. Annotated below this in ink: 2. Trimmed within platemark. Published in Imagines veteris ac novi Testamenti in Vaticani Palatii (1675).

According to Dacos (see Bibliographic References), the basamento paintings of the Raphael Loggia in the Vatican were executed in grisaille and imitated bronze reliefs.
  • Creator(s)

    Pietro Santi Bartoli (1635-1700) (etcher)

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

  • annotation: [illegible] [verso, in ink]
  • 7.9 x 23.4 cm (sheet of paper)

  • Deus reiectis Cain muneribus: Abel dona suscipit. Abel a Cain interficitur Genes.IV.

  • Added to the Prince Consort's Raphael Collection (c.1853-76)

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
    • Religion & Theology
      • Religions and faiths
        • Christianity
          • Bible & Holy Scripture
            • Old Testament
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.227 B.LIV.1

    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.111, no.XVIII.2 (entry by Simonetta Prosperi Valenti Rodino)

    Davidson 1985 : Davidson, Bernice F. Raphael's Bible. A Study of the Vatican Logge, 1985 fig.26

    Dacos 2008: Dacos, N., The Loggia of Raphael: A Vatican Art Treasure, 2008 pp.173-194