The school of Raphael, or, The student's guide to expression in historical painting : illustrated by examples engraved by Duchange and others, under the inspection of Sir Nicholas Dorigny, from his own drawings after the most celebrated heads in the cartons at Hampton-Court : to which are now added, the outline of each head, and also several plates of the most celebrated antique statues, engraved by an eminent artist : with instructions for young students in the art of designing, and the passions, as characterised by Raphael in the cartons / described and explained by Benjamin Ralph.
- Additional Title(s):
School of Raphael
Student's guide to expression in historical painting
- London : Printed for John Boydell, engraver, in Cheapside, MDCCLIX 
- Physical Description:
- , 13, , 14-24 pages, XI, , 45 leaves of plates : illustrations ; 54 cm
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- Copyright Status:
- Copyright Not Evaluated
- The plates depicting Raphael's cartoons were first published (without text) by Marie Maugis in 1722 as: Recueil de quatre-vingt-dix têtes tirées des sept cartons des Actes de apôtres peints par Raphl. Urbin. Each of the 45 plates in that work depicts a pair of heads, fully engraved. In the present work, the original 45 engravings are reprinted, each paired (on the same page) above an outline engraving of the same image. The outlines are unsigned.
The "several plates of the most celebrated antique statues" named in the title comprise: studies of anatomical details (heads, feet, etc.), plates I-V; skeletons (pl. VI-VII) and muscles (pl. VIII-IX); the Apollo Belvedere (pl. X); the Farnese Hercules (pl. XI); and the Venus de' Medici (pl. [XII]).
Engravings by D. Beauvais, Louis Desplaces, Gaspard Duchange, Charles Dupuis, Nicolas Gabriel Dupuis, François Bernard Lépicié, Nicolas Pigné, Benjamin Ralph, Nicolas Henri Tardieu, and S. Thomassin, after the original drawings by Nicolas Dorigny.
English short title catalogue, T82644
Hsieh, C.-C. "Publishing the Raphael Cartoons and the rise of art-historical consciousness in England, 1707-1764." In The Historical Journal, 52, p. 899-920, p. 915-916
Krysmanksi, B. "Benjamin Ralph's School of Raphael (1759)." In British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 24 (2001), p. 15-32.
BAC: British Art Center copy 1 imperfect: lacks plate [XII], Venus de' Medici. Bound in later quarter blue morocco and marbled boards.
BAC: British Art Center copy 2 is complete, but with a reorganized order of plates. Plates I-IV are bound before the Cartoons; plates V-XII immediately after. The last of these is printed on the same page as the first of a suite of 69 additional engravings, from varied sources. These are printed on 26 additional sheets, and include work by B. Picard, Du Bosc, Bartolozzi, E. Edwards, J. Gresse, Jn. Boydell, and H. Roberts. All are presumably from publications by Boydell. Bound in 19th-century red quarter morocco and marbled boards.
"The principal design of this work is to encourage the study of the most profound part of painting, the characteristics of the passions; in order to which, the sacred histories, represented in the inimitable cartoons of Raphael, have been considered separately, and the principal characteristics in each described and referred to in the several heads in this work; and an index is given for finding the passions under their proper denominations, referring to the description of each, and also to the design of the character itself."--Pages -.
- Subject Terms:
- Anatomy, Artistic.Artists' preparatory studies -- Italy.Drawing -- Study and teaching.Head in art.Physiognomy.Raphael, 1483-1520. Tapestry cartoons.
- Extra-illustrated copies (Provenance)
Engravings -- 1759.
Etchings -- 1759.
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