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

Giovanni Volpato (1733-1803)

The School of Athens c.1775-85

Engraving | 63.4 x 83.0 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 852525

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A print reproducing the School of Athens, painted by Raphael around 1509-10 in the Stanza della Segnatura in the Vatican. Lettered with production details and dedication to Pope Pius VI (r.1775-99). Annotated in pencil on both sides. Stamped with black ink doublette stamp (and indecipherable mark) in the lower right corner. Not in Ruland (1876).

Plate 1 from a series of 8 reproducing Raphael's Stanze frescoes, including the Disputation of the Holy Sacrament (RCIN 852371), the Parnassus (RCIN 852458), the Expulsion of Heliodorus from the Temple (RCINs 852671.a, 852672), the Meeting between Leo the Great and Attila (RCIN 852716, 852715.a), the Fire of Borgo (RCIN 852817.a) and the Miracle of the Mass at Bolsena (RCIN 852703.a). The series was produced between 1779 and 1784. The present engraving has been described as presented to Pope Pius VI in 1779, together with the engraving of the 'Disputa'. For further discussion, see Bibliographic References.
  • Creator(s)

    Giovanni Volpato (1733-1803) (engraver)

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

    Giuseppe Cades (1750-99) (designer)

    Pope Pius VI (1717-99) (dedicatee)

    Giovanni Volpato (1733-1803) (dedicator)

    Aristotle (384-322 BC)
    Diogenes (d. c. 323 BC)
    Euclid (active 300 BC)
    Ptolemy (c. 100-c. 178)
    Socrates (469-399 BC)
  • annotation: Pf 33. A. IX [crossed out] / PF. 26. F I a [back, lower left centre, in pencil]
    annotation: Cart. A. n. 79 [rest illegible] [front, lower centre, in pencil]
  • 63.4 x 83.0 cm (sheet of paper)

    57.0 x 74.0 cm (platemark)

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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • prints
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Italy
          • Lazio [Italy]
            • Rome [Lazio]
              • Vatican City [Rome]
                • Vatican Palace [Vatican City]
                  • Stanza della Segnatura [Vatican Palace]
                    • Vatican-Stanza della Segnatura-School of Athens
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.189 D.I.1a(add)

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Höper 2001 : Höper, C. Raffael und die Folgen, Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2001 p.378, no.F 2.12

    Raphael Invenit 1985 : G. Bernini Pezzini et al., Raphael Invenit. Stampe di Raffaello nelle Collezioni dell'Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Rome, 1985 p.39, no.IV.8 (entry by Grazia Bernini Pezzini)