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A naked man dropping from a wall, after Raphael; his head turned to front
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, heightened with white (partly oxidised)
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Height: 224 millimetres
Width: 111 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Probably drawn not directly from Raphael's fresco (the 'Fire in the Borgo', in the Stanza dell'Incendio in the Vatican), but from a lost copy of it.
The 1982 Exhibition entry text:
The drawing is after a figure in Raphael's fresco, the 'Fire in the Borgo' in the Stanza dell' Incendio in the Vatican, but the differences in detail between this drawing and the fresco (drapery, position of the right arm and the shadow) point to the former being based on a lost copy of the fresco. Two similar copies from the composition, attributed to the Raphael school, are in the Albertina, Vienna and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Rubens used the pose of the upper half of the man's torso in his large oil-sketch 'The Miracles of St Benedict' (Brussels, Musée des Beaux-Arts).
Lit.: P. Pouncey and J.A. Gere, 'Italian Drawings in the BM, Raphael and His Circle', London, 1962, I, under no. 87, n. 1
Rowlands, Rubens: Drawings & Sketches, BMP, 1977
This is a copy after a figure from Raphael's fresco, the 'Fire in the Borgo', in the Stanza dell'Incendio in the Vatican. It appears, however, as Pouncey and Gere have pointed out, that it is a copy drawn not directly from the fresco itself, but from a lost copy of it. For the figure differs from the fresco in having no drapery, in the position of its right arm, and in the shadow it casts. Rubens's copy shares all these features with two other drawn copies from the Raphael School after this figure, one in the Albertina, Vienna and the other in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1977 BM, Rubens drawings and sketches, no.33
1982 Jan-Apr, Manchester, Whitworth Art Gall, 'Payne Knight', no. 165
1992 Mar-Jun, Canberra, Australian National Gallery, Rubens & Italy, no.72
1992 Jun-Aug, Melbourne, NG of Victoria, Rubens & Italy, no.72
2002 Jun-Sep, Edinburgh, N.G Scotland, 'Rubens and Italian Art'
2002 Sep-Dec, Nottingham, Djanogly Art Gall. 'Rubens and Italian Art'
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- Acquisition notes
- Bernadette Py kindly pointed out the effaced paraph of Delamotte to be found between the legs of the figure in the drawing
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