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Collection des Têtes du célèbre Tableau de la Cêne, par Léonard da Vinci, peint à Fresque sur le Mur du Réfectoire de Sainte-Marie-des-Graces, à Milan : calquée et dessinée sur le tableau original; précédée d'un abrégé de la vie de ce grand peintre florentin par Dutertre.

RA Collection: Book

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Variant Title

Collection of Heads of the famous table of the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci , painted in fresco on the wall of the refectory of St. Mary of Graces , in Milan modeled and drawn on the original picture; preceded by an abstract of the life of this great Florentine painter by Dutertre. [English translation of title].


Paris :: 1808.

Physical Description

[4], 4 p., 14 pl.: [1] illus.; 760 mm. (Broadsheet.)


[T.p., dedic.] - Introduction; Vie De Léonard De Vinci - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

All plates are signed as drawn by Dutertre, and as engraved by Cazenave, Bouquet, Per(r)ot or Ruotte.

Each carries the imprint, 'A Paris chez Jean Rue St. Jean de Beauvais, No.10.'

The in-text illustration is unsigned.

The work is dedicated by Dutertre to the Queen of Holland.


See note on G. Bossi, Del Cenacolo Di Leonardo (1810).

Summary Note

According to the dedication and introduction Dutertre began his copies in 1787 and, as well as studying the original painting, also used early copies by Marco d'Oggiono and Paul Lomazzo.

The fourteen plates show a portrait-head of Leonardo da Vinci, and the heads of Christ and the twelve Apostles, from Leonardo's painting of the Last Supper, made for the Convent of Sta. Maria delle Grazie in Milan in 1495-7. There is one in-text illustration, which shows the painting as a whole.


'Paid Caquaghi [i.e. Colnaghi?] & Co. for the Heads of the Last Supper after Leonardo da Vinci £6.6.0' (Royal Academy Accounts, RAA/TRE/1/2: 'Abstract of Bills ... Midsummer to Michaelmas 1813').

Copy Note

Imperfect: lacks the title page. There are pencilled annotations on the in-text illustration, identifying the persons represented.

Binding Note

19th-century half green morocco, green cloth-covered boards, upper cover carrying white label inscribed in ink, 'The Heads in the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci'; spine lettered 'Collection Des Tetes' and 'R.A.'

Name as Subject


Christian art and symbolism - Apostles - Saints - Heads (representations)
Paintings - Mural painting and decoration - Convents - Italy - Milan - Santa Maria delle Grazie - History - 15th century - Renaissance
Pictorial works - France - 19th century


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