Engravings after Raphael

Scope and Content

Sheet 1- Contains reproductions of four panels from the ceiling of the Stanza della Segnatura, showing Apollo Flaying Marsyas, Adam and Eve, The Judgement of Solomon, and Urania. Etched by Nicola Moneta.

Sheet 2- Contains reproductions of two engraved prints of ceiling decorations
• One is a print from the Stanza della Segnatura, showing the allegorical figures of Theology, Philosophy, Justice and Poetry surrounded by scenes including Apollo Flaying Marsyas, Adam and Eve, The Judgement of Solomon and Urania. Drawn and etched by Lugi Catufi.
•The second is a print of a celling in the Vatican Loggia, showing scenes from the Old Testament: God appears to Noah, Abraham sacrificing Isaac, Moses and the Burning Bush and Jacob's Ladder.

Sheet 3- Is an engraved black and white print. Reproduction of a painting of the Pentecost showing Mary and the apostles touched by tongues of fire as the Holy Spirit, in the form of a dove, hovers above them. The work is attributed here to Raphael although the closest version is by Gian Jacopo Caraglio. Engraved by Tullio Marcucci.

Administrative / Biographical History

Angelo Biggi was a publisher and a printer, who was known for his engravings. The images are engravings of Raphael (1483-1520) works in the Vatican palace, published by Angelo Biggi. These include copies from the Stanza della Segnatura ('Room of the Signature') and Stanza di Elodoro (Room of Helodorus).

Engraving is an art technique, in which the design is chiselled into an engraving plate, usually made out of copper, using a burin. By using the tool in different angles and pressures, variations in the width and darkness of the lines are created.

Access Information

Open for general access. External researchers are advised to make an appointment with the Archivist.

Acquisition Information

Source of acquisition is unknown.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

As these images are on large paper, they need to be handled with care.

Archivist's Note

Catalogued by Gursharan Hayre, Graduate Champion, January 2018

Conditions Governing Use

Material may be copied for research purposes only, subject to copyright regulations and the condition of the material.

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