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Raphael (Urbino 1483-Rome 1520)

An allegorical figure of Poetry c.1509-10

RCIN 912734

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In 1508 Raphael travelled to Rome to work for Pope Julius II. This is a study for the figure of Poetry painted in the vault of the Stanza della Segnatura, one of the Pope’s private apartments in the Vatican Palace. The squared grid facilitated the scaling-up of the figure to a full-size cartoon, ready for transfer to the painting surface.