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"La fornarina": a woman seated wearing a fur-lined cloak over one shoulder. Line engraving by R. Morghen, 1809, after P. Ermini.

  • Raphael, 1483-1520.
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About this work


[Florence], [1809]

Physical description

1 print : engraving, with etching ; platemark 32.8 x 23 cm


Raphaelis amicitia celeberrima La fornarina. Raph. Sanctius pinxit. Petrus Ermini delin. Raph. Morghen sculp. Flor.


[State before completion of the lettering].

Creator/production credits

Thought in the 18th century to be Venetian (the work of Giorgione or Sebastiano del Piombo). Subsequently controversially attributed to Raphael around the date when this print was produced with that attribution. "La resa tonale del Morghen, estremamente raffinata, interpreta felicemente il carattere veneziano del dipinto" (Bernini Pezzini, loc. cit.)

References note

G. Bernini Pezzini, S. Massari, S.P. Valenti Rodinò, Raphael invenit, Roma: Edizioni Quasar, 1985, Ritratti XVII.1, pp. 231 and 785 ("Ritratto di donna detto La fornarina")
Frits Lugt, Les marques de collections de dessins & d'estampes, online edition, 2010, no. L. 3428

Lettering note

Bears blind-stamp of the initials RM surrounded by an oval border of dots. "Cachet vu sur la gravure par Raffaelo Morghen d'après un dessin de Pietro Ermini, lui-même d'après le tableau de Raphaël, Raphaelis amicitia celebrerrima La fornarina, état avant l'inscription des deux côtés de l'écu en bas au milieu (Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, Rijksprentenkabinet, inv. RP-P-OB-36.562 ; Florence, Uffizi, Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe, inv. 7217 St. Sc.) et sur une autre gravure d'après un dessin de Pietro Ermini, lui-même d'après le tableau de Carlo Dolci, Poésie, état avant l'inscription dans la tablette du bas (Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, Rijksprentenkabinet, inv. RP-P-OB-36.555)."--Lugt, loc. cit.
Bears shield containing a double-headed sheep with a plumed crown above; presumably the shield of Giovanni degli Alessandri, to whom the finished version of this print was dedicated


Wellcome Library no. 2864410i


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