A 19th-century Raphael

Green, J.

Original watercolour illustrations of fresco ornaments.

Published 1830
Item ID 76693

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Rome, not published, ca. 1830. 85 loose sheets (nearly all 35.0 x 25.0 cm, or slightly larger, or mounted on sheets of similar size). All set up in pencil and finely drawn in watercolour.

An amazing collection of fine watercolours depicting, amongst others, parts of the famous Sala dei Pontefici, one of a suite of rooms in what is known as the Borgia apartments, in the Vatican Palace. The frescos in this palace were made by the great Renaissance artist Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, better known as Raphael (1483-1520), and his workshop, but were partly redone in the early 19th century. It would be interesting to know if these illustrations were made before or after the restorations - it is possible that they were made in anticipation of the restorations. All watercolours are signed, J. Green. Although Green shows to be a skilled craftsperson, accurately rendering perspective, and with a keen eye for detail, we were unable to find any other information. Some signs of age, e.g., creasing and soiling to edges, but generally in a very good state, clean and fresh.

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