Study for the lower left section of the Disputa, Raphael
Study for the lower left section of the Disputa
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Raffael: Disputa, ca. 1509, Pinsel in Braun über schwarzem Stift (Kohle), braun laviert, weißgehöht, quadriert (mit schwarzer Kreide), 276 x 283 mm. Inv. Nr. RCIN 912732 (RL 12732), Royal Collection, Windsor Castle (Joannides 1983.181.197)

Raffael: Disputa, ca. 1509, schwarze Kreide, 202 x 403 mm. Inv. Nr. RCIN 912733 (RL 12733), Royal Collection, Windsor Castle (Joannides 1983.182.200)

Raffael: Disputa, ca. 1509, Feder in Braun, graubraun laviert, weißgehöht, 245 x 400 mm. Inv. Nr. 1900,0824.108, British Museum, Departement of Prints and Drawings, London (Joannides 1983.183.204)


Raffael: Disputa, 1510/1511, Wandfresko, 500 x 770 cm. Palazzo Apostolico, Musei Vaticani, Stanza della Segnatura, Città del Vaticano, Rom


Unbekannt (Nicolas Vleughels?) nach Raffael: Dix-sept figures nues, debout, assises ou agenouillées (Disputa), Feder in Schwarz, 309 x 428 mm. Inv. Nr. 4183, Musée du Louvre, Département des Arts graphiques, Cabinet des Dessins, Paris


Study for the lower left section of the Disputa, ca. 1508 – 1509

282 x 416 mm
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Can be presented in the study hall of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


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In 1508, at the age of twenty-five, Raphael succeeded in gaining an important commission from Pope Julius II. He was to design the decoration for a ceremonial hall in the Vatican. The fresco of the 'Disputa' shows an assembly of saints, priests, scholars and poets. This drawing is a detail from the overall composition. In order to portray the figures in as lively and realistic a way as possible, Raphael created a nude study of each of them after a live model. In this drawing he brought the individual studies together again to form a group, in order to determine the spatial relationship between the different figures.

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Study for the lower left section of the Disputa
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Unten rechts Stempel der Sammlung Pierre-Jean Mariette, Paris (Lugt 2097 oder Lugt 1852); bezeichnet daneben, auf einem Papierstück (mit der Feder in Braun): [5 ?] B. c; unten links Trockenstempel der Sammlung Thomas Lawrence, London (Lugt 2445); verso Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356)
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  • Joannides 1983.184.205
  • Knab/Mitsch/Oberhuber 1983.290

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