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

Raphael Morghen (1758-1833)

Theology c.1775-85

Engraving with etching | 46.2 x 42.5 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 852613

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A print reproducing one of the four roundels painted on the vault of the Stanza della Segnatura in the Vatican. Final state, lettered with title and production details. In this state the name of Stefano Tofanelli, who in an earlier state was acknowledged as the intermediary draughtsman, has been replaced by that of Bernardino Nocchi. Bernini Pezzini (in Raphael Invenit 1985) suggested that this change may have been made in order to amend a mistake. One from a series of four engravings reproducing the four roundels. The remaining prints from the series can also be found in the Raphael Collection: Poetry (RCIN 852622), Philosophy (RCIN 852633) and Justice (RCIN 852637). Passavant (1860) dated this engraving 1781. The same date was indicated by Engelmann (1866) for the whole series.

The roundel reproduced in this print depicts the allegorical figure of Theology, flanked by two winged putti holding inscribed panels. In the Stanza della Segnatura, it is painted above the fresco of the Disputa.
  • Creator(s)

    Raphael Morghen (1758-1833) (engraver)

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

    Bernardino Nocchi (1741-1812) (designer)

    Giovanni Volpato (1733-1803) (publisher)

    Giovanni Volpato (1733-1803) (director)

  • 46.2 x 42.5 cm (sheet of paper)

    41.8 x 38.0 cm (platemark)


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

  • 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-Ceiling
    • Religion & Theology
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.195 F.I.2

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Engelmann : Engelmann, W. Beschreibendes Verzeichnis einer Privatsammlung von Kupferstichen. 1.Raphael. Leipzig 1866 pp.61, 93, no.71

    Raphael Invenit 1985 : G. Bernini Pezzini et al., Raphael Invenit. Stampe di Raffaello nelle Collezioni dell'Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Rome, 1985 p.43, no.VI.10 (entry by Grazia Bernini Pezzini)

    Höper 2001 : Höper, C. Raffael und die Folgen, Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2001 p.389, no.F 6.6