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After Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520)

Letter to Domenico Alfani c.1853-76

Albumen print | 7.0 x 23.3 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 851227

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A photograph of the upper portion of a drawing by Raphael currently housed in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lille (inv. no.459 v). The photograph shows a letter written by Raphael and addressed to his associate, Domenico Alfani. The letter refers to the commission of the so-called Baglioni Entombment, which Raphael completed in 1507. The painting is now in the Museo e Galleria di Villa Borghese, Rome (inv. no.170).

On the recto side of the drawing is a study by Raphael which the master provided Domenico Alfani with as modello for a painting executed by the latter in 1511 and now in the Galleria Nazionale, Perugia. For a photograph of the recto, see RCIN 851226. For a photograph of Alfani's painting, see RCIN 851228.

A photograph after this drawing is also included in the "Portraits of Raphael-Miscellaneous Illustrations of Raphael’s Life" section of the Raphael Collection: see RCIN 850151 for it.
  • Creator(s)

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

  • 7.0 x 23.3 cm (sheet of paper)

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

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Organisation
      • Form of documents
        • Correspondence
  • Other number(s)

    Ruland p.93 C.XXIX.2

    Bibliographic reference(s)

    Joannides 1983 : Joannides, P., 1983. The Drawings of Raphael, with a complete catalogue, Oxford p.175, no.174v

    Brejon de Lavergnée 1997 : Brejon de Lavergnée, B, 1997. Catalogue des dessins Italiens. Collections du Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, Paris pp.184-5, no.459

    Raphael et l'art francais 1983-84 : Hommage a Raphael. Raphael et l'art francais (Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, 15 novembre 1983-13 fevrier 1984) pp.223-4, no.54